Not even YG is safe from the unfortunate unpaid royalties lawsuit. Uproxx reports that poet Henry Russell, who professionally goes by Grimmis, claims YG used his poems on My Krazy Life’s “Bicken Back Being Bool” and the Drake-assisted “Who Do You Love?” Russell filed a lawsuit claiming that YG promised to share revenues from the song with Russell, but that he hasn’t received any compensation.
Russell isn’t listed on the album’s songwriting credits. DJ Mustard, Universal Music Group, and YG’s publishing company 400 Wayz are listed in a lawsuit that alleges copyright infringement and fraud. Russell features prominently in the video for “Bicken Back,” which you can see below—he’s at the beginning, reciting his poem “Gladiator.”
YG hasn’t commented on the allegations, but the last couple of months did give the Compton rhymer a couple of headaches. Last October, Chinese-Americans protested the lyrics of My Krazy Life‘s “Meet the Flockers” (“First, you find a house and scope it out / Find a Chinese neighborhood, ’cause they don’t believe in bank accounts”). Def Jam also released YG’s Red Friday early, which prompted multiple “FUCK DEF JAM” tweets from the rhymer.
Still, YG presses on. He’s expected to drop his mixtape Just Re’d Up 3 this year.