It was announced recently that the hip hop group, The Sequence, are accusing Bruno Mars and crew of plagiarizing of one of their songs in their Grammy award winning hit.
The now controversial are: "Funk You Up" by The Sequence and "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.
For those that don't know The Sequence, as well as they know Brum Mars today, The Sequence are an old school, all female Hip Hop trio, hailing from Columbia, SC. The members include Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl), Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondie) and lead vocalist Angie Brown Stone (Angie B). In the late-1970s and early-1980s they signed to the Sugar Hill label and their album "Funk You Up" (1979) become the first all female rap record and the second single to be released by the label.
It should be said that, according to RCA Records, the list of credits that are already given for "Uptown Funk" are Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, The Gap Band (who settled for a royalty instead a legal battle) and producer Phillip Lawrence.
Everybody should remember that the precedent for these types of lawsuits was set when it was found that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" was deemed to be too derivative of the classic Marven Gaye song "Let's Get It On". So, undoubtedly, this will not be the last time that we will hear about this type of suit.