Lithonia man sues Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia

Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton, left, Jordan “Juicy J” Houston and Paul “D.J. Paul” Beauregard, right, from the rap group Three 6 Mafia and Cedric Coleman, second from left, accept the Oscar for best original song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from the motion picture “Hustle & Flow” at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill
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Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton, left, Jordan “Juicy J” Houston and Paul “D.J. Paul” Beauregard, right, from the rap group Three 6 Mafia and Cedric Coleman, second from left, accept the Oscar for best original song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from the motion picture “Hustle & Flow” at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill

A Lithonia man has filed suit against the members of Three 6 Mafia, the Oscar-winning rap group behind hits such as "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" and "Stay Fly."

In the suit, filed March 20 in DeKalb County Superior Court, Reginald Boyland accuses group members Jordan “Juicy J” Houston and Paul “DJ Paul” Beauregard of using his music in their recordings without his permission.

Boyland’s On The Strength records “owns all rights in and to the master sound recordings “Listen to the Lyrics” and “Pimps in the House,” according to the suit. Three 6 Mafia allegedly sampled those songs in recordings dating back to 1996. And those Three 6 Mafia songs have been sampled by other artists, according to the lawsuit.

“An injunction should be granted because immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage will result to the Plaintiff if the actions of Defendants are not enjoined,” Boyland’s attorney, Alan S. Clarke, wrote in the suit, which also lists several companies associated with Three 6 Mafia as defendants. “Without such an order, Plaintiff has no adequate remedy at law to prevent Defendants’ continued use, exploitation and profiting from his Work.”

Three 6 Mafia made Academy Award history when the group performed "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" during the 2006 Oscar telecast. It was the first time a rap song was performed during the event. "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from the motion picture "Hustle & Flow," went on to win the Oscar for best original song.