Memphis rapper NLE Choppa finds himself entangled in a copyright infringement lawsuit following allegations that one of his 2022 singles, “Who TF Up In My Trap,” borrowed extensively from a classic West Coast hip-hop track.
Rodney Oliver, known as Rodney O and one-half of the iconic duo Rodney O and Joe Cooley, has brought the legal action against the rising rap star.
Court documents, obtained by Music Business Worldwide, reveal that Oliver authored “Everlasting Bass” in 1988. He contends that NLE Choppa’s “Who TF Up In My Trap” utilized significant portions of “Everlasting Bass” without proper credit or compensation.
The complaint, filed on October 3, asserts that NLE Choppa and others named in the lawsuit, including Project Pat, Juicy J, DJ Paul, and Sony Music, have benefited financially from the alleged copyright infringement. Oliver is seeking disgorgement of profits attributed to the infringement, with the specific amount to be determined during a jury trial.
While NLE Choppa faces this legal challenge, it’s worth noting that he has received recognition and respect from fellow hip-hop artists.
Nelly praised him for a cosplay tribute featured in one of his music videos in July. The homage saw NLE Choppa donning the iconic 2000s attire, including a headband, Denver Nuggets throwback jersey, diamond necklaces, baggy jeans, and A Bathing Ape shoes, complete with Nelly’s signature band-aid beneath his eye.