Beastie Boys land in hot water. All members of the band are named in a lawsuit filed by a HipHop/R&B label, Tuf America, over four of their tracks; two from their 1986 debut effort "Licensed to Ill" and the others from its 1989 follow-up "Paul's Boutique".
According to AllHipHop, the lawsuit was submitted in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on May 3, just one day before Adam Yauch passed away. In the legal papers, the group were accused of using illegal samples in their four songs.
The Boys' songs "Hold It, Now Hit It" and "The New Style" from "Licensed To Ill" allegedly used portions of Trouble Funk's 1982 song "Drop the Bomb". Also, they were accused of using "Drop the Bomb" drum sound in "Paul's Boutique" track "Car Thief" and sampling Funk's 1982 song "Say What" for another "Paul's Boutique" track "Shadrach".
Tuf America claimed they have done a thorough sound analysis of the tracks in question before filing the papers, which also named the Boys' label Capitol Records as a defendant. They are now seeking a trial to determine the amount of punitive and exemplary damages.