Hip Hop Beats: Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West & Chief Keef!

NIPSEY HUSSLE’S BROTHER BATTLING WITH CRIPS FOR ‘THE MARATHON CONTINUES’ TRADEMARK: The Blast has reported that Nipsey Hussle’s brother, Blacc Sam, is facing a legal battle with Crips over Nipsey’s slogan, "The Marathon Continues." Blacc Sam filed an application on May 28th to trademark the phrase for various uses, including entertainment services, music, and "charitable activities and the doing of good deeds for others and the promotion of ethical and character values." The Crips are claiming that they want to use the phrase for similar use to promote charitable events in the community and focus on "gang intervention." According to Rap-Up, Nipsey was a member of the Crips, but his brother wants to keep the phrase in the family.

KANYE WEST REQUESTS DISMISSAL FROM ‘FREEEEE (GHOST TOWN, PT. 2)’ LAWSUIT: Kanye West is demanding that the lawsuit against Kids See Ghost — the hip hop duo that is comprised of Ye and Kid Cudi, be dismissed. According to Complex, Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple filed a lawsuit against the rappers, alleging that they sampled him on their record, "Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)" without his permission. The Blast reports that Kanye believes his actions were "innocent" and that the lawsuit should be dismissed. The lawsuit cites Bobb-Semple’s 2002 record, "The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey Speaks to An All-Black Audience)." He claims that Kids See Ghosts "exploited the actual voice, words and performance of Bobb-Semple, without authorization." Kanye said that while he never received permission to use Bobb-Semple’s audio for the song, he didn’t think he needed authorization to use it. The rapper argues that the work is considered "fair use."

CHIEF KEEF’S BABY MAMA ACCUSES HIM OF OWING $500K IN CHILD SUPPORT: The Blast has reported that Chief Keef’s 43-year-old baby mama, Erica Early, claims that the rapper owes her nearly $500,000 in child support. She claims the rapper has refused to make his $10,713 a month support payments and currently owes $471,910, plus interest. Early wants a judge to intervene and order Keef to appear in court to explain why he has not paid her. Keef and Early share a daughter who was born in 2013. He was initially ordered to pay $2,500 a month in child support, but Early was later able to get the amount raised to $10,713 a month. They have a hearing set for June.