Per The Jasmine Brand, Mix-A-Lot defeated a man named David Ford in court, after he filed a federal lawsuit against the rapper accusing him of screwing him out of profits made from Nicki Minaj’s hit song “Anaconda”.
Ford explained that he never had a written agreement with the rapper for their work. He claims that he was shocked to find out that Sir Mix A-Lot obtained copyrights to all the songs and said he was the sole artist who created the music.
The lawsuit said that recently “Baby Got Back” was sampled in Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda and it caused him to investigate why he wasn’t asked for permission for the song to be used. His investigation lead him to the copyrights that Sir Mix A-Lot filed that didn’t include his name. He filed suit, demanding all accounting of profits Sir Mix-A-Lot made from the songs he worked on with him and all records for money he made by sampling hit hit song to Nicki Minaj.
Then, Six Mix-A-Lot fired back at Ford’s legal battle over allegedly unpaid royalties claiming he isn’t owed a dime for the hit song “Baby Got Back”, along with the various other songs he claimed to work on and doesn’t deserve a cut of the profits from Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”.
The rapper explained that all copyrights he registered are valid and list him as the author NOT Ford and legally he says Ford only had 5 years after the copyright was registered to contest it which he didn’t. He points out he won a Grammy for the ‘Baby Got Back” in 1993 and there is no way Ford could not have know about not being listed on the copyright until last year.
The judge agreed and threw the case out of court.
Sir Mix-A-Lot who is known as a savvy businessman will continue to cash those checks, by his lonesome, for a long time.