The song contains the iconic phrase, "Everyday I'm shufflin'," in the chorus, which Rick Ross claimed is an unauthorised interpolation of the lyric, "Everyday I'm hustlin,'" from his 2006 single, "Hustlin'
." The Maybach Music Group bawse, along with Jermaine "Mayne Zayne" Jackson (no, not that one), filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against LMFAO in which they claimed that despite the slight change it constitutes "an unauthorized derivative work."
The suit also cited the numerous and lucrative licensing opportunities the song generated in TV shows, video games and commercials, as well as LMFAO's clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, which features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items.
Ross has some experience with copyright infringement lawsuits. The rapper, born William Roberts II, took his stage name from the drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who sued over the appropriation. The original Ross lost the suit after years of appeal.
After two years of legal wrangling, the judge decided to dismiss the entire case altogether. According to TMZ.com
, the judge reportedly found Ross' copyright applications, "inconsistent and incomplete."