M.O.P.: They’re Back, And They’re Lawyered Up

The idea that the WWE, America’s premier source for wrestling-based entertainment, would plagiarize a moderately popular rap track borders on the absurd, but that’s the claim the Brooklyn hip-hop duo M.O.P. is making in Federal court this week.

M.O.P. claim that the entrance music used by aspiring MC John Cena unlawfully jacks the 2000 hit “Ante Up,” and that while the WWE did seek permission to use portions of the song, Vince McMahon and his cronies only received a signature from a receptionist–and not the license holders–in response to the request. Mysteriously, according to TMZ, most of the trouble revolves around the phrase “BRRR Abado.” I don’t know what that means, but I’m sure the lawyers will figure it out.

No word as of yet on the legal status of the most prominent cover of the track:

Cena Rumbles with Rappers Over Theme Music [TMZ]

  • Anonymous

    Aside from the intro, definitely not a lot of similarities. Thank you, the Sesame Street video made my day!

  • natepatrin

    Every time someone posts that Bert & Ernie “Ante Up” video I have to watch it all the way through.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @natepatrin: It is the greatest. I bet that has sold the band some copies.

  • Thierry

    @natepatrin: I’d take one Bert & Ernie clip over 100 Hype Williams videos.

    Also, my guess is that “BRRR Abado” has something to do with bravado…