An Aurora-based hip-hop artist and her songwriter want to lower the “Boom” on the Black Eyed Peas.
Ebony Latrice Batts, otherwise known as Phoenix Phenom, and Manny Mohr filed suit in federal court this week, alleging that the Peas ripped off their song “Boom Dynamite” for their hit “Boom Boom Pow,” which was downloaded 4.6 million times, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 12 weeks.
"I felt (like it was) the exact same song," Batts said when she first heard the Peas' track. "It was surreal. I couldn't believe it."
Mohr and Batts made their track in January 2008 and posted it to YouTube. Then they sent the link over to Interscope Records, the “Peas” label, in hopes of getting Stacy Ann Feguson, or “Fergie,” to sing on the track, the Aurora Beacon News reports.
The suit targets each of the Black Eyed Peas individually, as well as Universal Music Group and Interscope Records, and seeks damages, a share of the profits and songwriting credit on future pressings of the album.
Batts and Mohr aren’t alone in their assertion that “Boom Boom Pow” is a rip-off. Source Magazine and Urban Daily magazine both ran articles accusing the group of stealing the song.
But don’t take their word. You be the judge. Listen to both tracks below.