Wiz Khalifa Sued Over “Black And Yellow”

You know a song is really a hit when people come out of hiding long after the fact to claim it was stolen from them. A Pennsylvanian songwriter named Max Gregory Warren is suing Wiz Khalifa for allegedly stealing the concept for his 2010 single “Black And Yellow” from Warren’s 2008 copyrighted song “Pink N Yellow”.

Warren is seeking a total of $2,375,000 in punitive and actual damages, and claims the defendants (who also include Khalifa’s publishing company PGH Sound, EMI Music Publishing, Rostrum Records, Warner Music Group, Atlantic Recording Corporation and the single’s producers, Stargate) “engaged in a scheme to defraud plaintiff out of the fruits of his copyright of the Subject song.”

The tokin’ MC has said that “Black And Yellow” refers to the team colors of his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers — as to what “Pink N Yellow” refers to, we’ll have to keep on wondering, since we doubt we’ll ever get to hear it.

UPDATE: JK! Here it is. Think the two tracks are way too suspiciously similar, or is this just a coincidence? (Honestly, we think “Pink N Yellow” was more than a little influenced by Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”.)

Maxamillion f/ Yung Zee, Frank G & AC – Pink ‘N Yellow by iTSyoungASE. Uploaded with BandPage by RootMusic

The rapper’s debut album Rolling Papers (whose cover art was so great, we called it one of the Best of 2011) is out now on Rostrum/Atlantic. Purchase it on eMusic.

[Via The Boombox]

  • Jake

    Took about twelve seconds to find it on YouTube. ;)


    • Becky Bain

      Thanks! We also found it shortly after posting. Though we kind of wish we didn’t (it’s not very good).

  • Blah Blah Blah

    The Mountain Goats recorded “Pink and Blue” in 2002. It also sounds nothing like Wiz’s song. Maybe John Darnielle should sue them all.

    Max is a spoiled little dickhead. Mommy and daddy not giving him enough of that Quaker Steak and Lube money?

  • CB4 type cats

    I kno them dudes who are sueing Wiz… That dude is a decent dude, but def not hood… The fact is he is a rich cat who lives in the nicest neighborhood in Sharon.. Cat acts gangsta but never even seen the hood… Not hatin, just pointin out the facts… Dudes family literally are millionaires cuz they own the Quaker Steak and Lube restaraunts… The only hood cats who chilled with him, did so cuz the cat had money… CB4 fo real

  • Heem

    I cant even listen to 1 min of that pink and yellow song. I dont see any thing similar. Dude wont win this case. And that song is Trash!!!!

  • cb4doesntknowenglish

    what the fu#k are you talking about?

  • Tai Nguyen