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South Carolina rapper sues 50 Cent over an underlying beat

Bluffton resident Tyrone Simmons, who hopes to become better known as rapper Young Caliber, claims the hit single “I Get Money” by rapper 50 Cent took dollars out of his pocket.

Simmons’ lawyers have filed a copyright-infringement suit in New York federal court claiming he owns exclusive rights to the single’s underlying beat. The suit says Simmons bought those rights from producer William Stanberry, known as Apex, in 2006 and that Stanberry violated their contract by reselling them to 50 Cent.

The single appeared on 50 Cent’s 2007 album, “Curtis,” according to the lawsuit.

Along with Stanberry, defendants include 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, and Universal Music Group, Interscope Records and other subsidiary companies.

Simmons, a 26-year-old aspiring rapper, graduated from Hilton Head Island High School and lives in Bluffton

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