‘Choppa Style’ DJ, DJ JMK, Files Federal Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

DJ JMK, formally known as Kirk Edwards, is suing several artists including Cardi B, Choppa, formally known as Darwin Turner and Master P, for copyright infringement.

What We Know:

  • DJ JMK accuses the artists of using his instrumental on the 2002 track “Choppa Style.”
  • Edwards claims Turner agreed to give him royalty payments and a 30 percent bonus if the song secured a national distribution deal, WDSU reported.
  • Instead of paying him, Edwards claims Choppa got another producer from his record label, Take Fo’ Records, to recreate the instrumental and used it to record the song.
  • Edwards stated the new producer used “a piano to copy the horn melody and arrangement” of his original instrumental.
  • Later, Choppa released a remix of the song with Master P, “Choppa Style Remix featuring Master P.” Edwards received no payment for this version either.

  • Many other artists have sampled “Choppa Style” including Cardi B and City Girls in their song “Twerk,” Yo Gotti and French Montana in “Oh Yeah” and Trouble and City Girls in “She a Winner.”
  • Edwards stated the artists have “misappropriated many of the recognizable and key protected elements” of his instrumental.
  • He is suing for an unknown amount.

Hopefully, the artists can settle the matter.