In October of 2019, members of the band Yellowcard filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against popular hip hop artist Juice WRLD. The band alleged that the rapper copied their 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” in his hit single “Lucid Dreams”. Juice WRLD (née Jarad A. Higgins) is named in the suit alongside co-writer Taz Taylor and producer Nick Mira.
The suit also names BMG Rights Management and Juice WRLD’s record label, Interscope. Yellowcard members who co-wrote the song are asking for damages of more than $15 million dollars.
The band’s attorney Richard Busch told Digital Music News that “Lucid Dreams” isn’t “just a generic emo-rap song but is a blatant copy of significant original compositional elements of ‘Holly Wood Died.’”
In December of 2019, Juice WRLD passed away suddenly, leaving the music world in shock. Yellowcard’s legal counsel said that the case was ‘on pause’ in the days after the artist’s untimely death. Shortly thereafter, the group resumed their multi-million dollar suit, this time redirecting it towards the late rapper’s estate.
In February of this year, a judge placed the band’s lawsuit on hold while the rapper’s estate appointed an administrator and could appoint their own counsel to defend themselves against the band.
Now, the case appears ready to proceed as Higgins’ estate has provided an update in a joint status report “which states the probate court has appointed Carmela Wallace as personal representative for the Higgin’s Estate.”
Documents filed on July 1 and reviewed by Rock Feed state as follows: “The Estate has engaged separate counsel to initiate probate proceedings in Florida, one purpose of which was to appoint a personal representative to act on its behalf in this lawsuit. Probate counsel has informed Defendants’ counsel that the probate court has appointed Carmela Wallace as personal representative for the Estate. Consequently, the Estate now can participate in this case.”
In a follow-up filing on July 2, United States District Judge Consuelo Marshall wrote “the stay is lifted” indicating the case would resume after being halted on February 11th.
An update on the case is due later this month. You can listen and compare the two songs below and let us know what you think in the comments.