BlocBoy JB has spoken out against Juice WRLD's $15 million lawsuit. As reported by Billboard, the rapper is being sued over his song "Lucid Dreams" by the pop-punk band Yellowcard. The band, who broke up in 2017, claim that Juice WRLD's track has the same melody as their 2006 song "Holly Wood Died."
BlocBoy responded to the suit on Twitter, citing the absurdity of Yellowcard's claims compared to his own as yet unsuccessful lawsuit against Fortnite. He wrote, "So you telling me Yellow Card can sue Juice World [sic] for $15M for using ah flow not da same words just da flow but Fortnite done took every blacc mf in da world exact dance and aint paid ah single cent to no one yet I find dat crazy."
The $15 million compensation Yellowcard is demanding reportedly includes recording revenue and claimed damages from concert tours and public appearances, which the band feels Juice WRLD has benefited from thanks to the success of "Lucid Dreams." They are also seeking royalties and co-ownership of "Lucid Dreams" for all future uses (or "copyright infringement") of the song. The lawsuit also hits "Lucid Dream" co-writer Taz Taylor and producer Nicholas Mira, as well as Juice WRLD's management BMG Right Management and labels Grade A Productions and Interscope Records.
In the lawsuit, the band references a 2018 MTV interview where Juice WRLD spoke on his love for Fall Out Boy and their album From Under the Cork Tree, which was produced by "Holly Wood Died" producer, Neal Avron.
“Since it is very common for a fan of works produced for an artist by a specific producer to listen to other works by that same producer," says the complaint, "it is likely that Defendant Juice WRLD’s appreciation for the album From Under the Cork Tree led to exposure to Yellowcard’s album Lights and Sounds and the Original Work 'Holly Wood Died.'"
This is not the first suit concerning "Lucid Dreams." Last year, the song's producer Nick Mira claimed in a series of now-deleted tweets that Sting, whose guitar riff from his song "Shape Of My Heart" is incorporated on the track, was suing despite allegedly already receiving 85% of royalties from the song.