Roddy Ricch is being sued for copyright infringement over the rapper’s blockbuster hit song “The Box.”
Greg Perry, a California-based songwriter, filed his lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 6. He is claiming that Ricch’s “The Box” rips off elements of his 1975 song, “Come On Down.”
In his 18-page complaint, Perry alleges that Ricch and Atlantic Records, among other co-defendants, released “The Box” in 2019 with “a complete duplication” of portions of his song, most notably its distinctive violin opening.
“Expert musicology analysis confirms that the ascending minor scale played by violin at the opening of ‘Come On Down’ is a distinctive musical element which recurs a total of six times throughout the song,” the lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, states.
“Comparative analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metrical placement, and narrative context by a musicology expert demonstrates clearly and convincingly that ‘The Box’ is an unauthorized duplication and infringement of certain elements of ‘Come On Down,'” the suit claims.
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