DJ Snake and Lil Jon are being sued for allegedly copying ‘Turn Down For What’
In a lawsuit filed in New York federal court on Thursday, French producer DJ Snake and hip-hop veteran Lil Jon came under fire for allegedly copying their smash hit “Turn Down For What” from rapper Fredley Saurel (a.k.a. Freddie Gz). The plaintiff Golden Crown Publishing claims that the beat, chord progressions and vocals on DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s mega hit bear striking comparisons to Freddie Gz’s song by the same title. Notably, the publishing company is represented by copyright stalwart Richard Busch, who represented Marvin Gaye’s family in the “Blurred Lines” case and appeared on behalf of the plaintiffs in the suit concerning Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph.”
Freddie Gz is a member of the collective The Architectz, who have mentioned the two tracks’ similarities since the latter’s release in 2013. Just three months after DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” hit the airwaves, the track went gold with over 500,000 units sold and became DJ Snake’s first top 10 hit. The music video for the song went on to receive nominations at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2015 Grammys. Golden Crown Publishing also seeks reparations for the video, claiming that the “infringing works are directly responsible for the views and the revenue received by Defendants as a result.” Apart from the two musicians, Sony Music and Kobalt Music Publishing are listed as co-defendants.
So, is it a stretch or does Freddie Gz’s camp have a valid argument? Take a listen to both tracks below: