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Forgot About Pay: Jacques Loussier Sues Eminem

The “Real Slim Shady” is real shady indeed. He didn’t get his permission slip signed, but went on the field trip anyway.

Rap star Eminem (aka Slim Shady, aka Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka The Reason For Those “Parental Advisory” Stickers) is being sued by French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier. The pianist filed a copyright infringement suit on Thursday, accusing Eminem (pictured left) and his record label, Interscope, of using portions of the Loussier-penned jazz-fusion tune “Pulsion” without permission.

The offending Eminem tune is “Kill You,” a sweet little ditty from The Marshall Mathers LP, wherein Mr. Marshall raps about slaughtering women, radio announcers and anyone else who threatens to ruin his buzz on a daily basis. Toward the end of the song, Eminem declares “OK, I’m ready to go play / I got the machete from O.J. / I’m ready to make everyone’s throats ache.” Eminem won a Grammy for the album.

Various sources have reported that Loussier is seeking anywhere from $10 million to $20 million in damages. Apparently Loussier also wants to stop all sales of The Marshall Mathers LP and is asking that all copies of the album still on the market be destroyed. Good luck with that, Jacques.

Actually, Loussier should be accustomed to the tradition of borrowing another artist’s work to gain fame and fortune. The pianist basically built his career playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s classical masterpieces with jazz rhythms and textures.

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