Producer J-Swift is suing Jive Records, its parent company and Touchstone Pictures for more than $11 million for using a Pharcyde sample in the remix of R&B singer Joe's hit "Stutter" without crediting him by name, according to a spokesperson for the producer.
"People were coming up to me, congratulating me, asking how much I was getting paid," J-Swift said in a statement. "I went into the store to see if I had been credited, and saw everyone's name listed but mine."
"Stutter" originally appeared on Joe's My Name Is Joe, released last year. The song's remix, which features rapping by Mystikal and a sample from the Pharcyde's "Passing Me By," was one of the standout songs on the "Double Take" soundtrack, issued earlier this year. Jive Records also released the track as a commercial single, which reached #1 on the Billboard singles chart in January and has sold more than a half million copies, according to SoundScan.
J-Swift (born John Manuel Martinez) wrote, produced and arranged "Passing Me By" in 1992 for the Pharcyde's debut album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, and though Jive did credit the group on the single, J-Swift's name was absent from the acknowledgements.
"They used my actual music," his statement continued. "They even stole the lyrics and melody that I wrote. 'My dear, my dear, my dear, you do not know me.' I own more of that song than anybody."
The suit was filed on March 30 in federal court in Los Angeles, according to J-Swift's spokesperson, but after the defendants failed to respond, he decided to take the matter public.
A spokesperson for Jive's parent company, Zomba Recording Corp., said Zomba and Jive have not been served with a lawsuit and therefore could not comment on the case. A Touchstone spokesperson couldn't be reached at press time.