Rapper 50 Cent is taking aim at longtime rival Rick Ross with a $2 million lawsuit.
Fitty, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, filed suit against Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, in federal bankruptcy court in Connecticut on Wednesday, charging that Ross ripped off his smash “In Da Club.”
“‘In Da Club’ is an iconic song that enhanced Jackson’s fame and fueled the celebrity status he holds today,” the suit says of the No. 1 hit.
Ross released his version of the song,
“In Da Club Ft. 50 Cent” on a free mixtape he put out last month to promote his new album “Black Market.”
Ross altered the original “by removing some but not all of Jackson’s lyrics and performance, and then adding (his) own lyrics and performance,” the suit says. The Ross version is “also a blatant commercial advertisement for ‘Black Market,'” redoing the song’s hook to say, ‘Only on the Black Market, December 4th, the album is out.'”
The suit seeks money damages for the “false and misleading promotional advertising campaign” by 50’s longtime foe.
“Defendant’s usurpation of Jackson’s identity has caused and will continue to cause irreparable harm to Jackson that cannot be fully compensated by money,” the suit says.
The pair have been feuding for years.
The beef began back in 2009, when Fitty reportedly looked at Ross the wrong way at the BET Awards. Ross then put out a song called “Mafia Music” that mocked a child support battle Fitty was involved in. Jackson answered with a song of his own — “Officer Ricky (Go Ahead, Try Me).”
Fitty also posted a video online of one of Ross’s baby mamas having sex with another man and narrated it in detail as his character “Pimpin’ Curlie.”
He posted the video without the permission of the single mom, Lastonia Leviston. She sued Fitty for invasion of privacy and humiliation and was awarded a $7 million judgment — which helped push the rapper into bankruptcy this past summer.