Jazz and funk musician James Mtume is suing Sony Music over music he recorded in the 1970s and 1980s, looking to reclaim the rights for his hit single “Juicy Fruit” and two albums.

“Juicy Fruit,” performed by the group called Mtume, spent 8 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart in 1983 and served as the base sample for The Notorious B.I.G.‘s 1994 breakout hit “Juicy.” The albums included in the suit are 1978’s Kiss the World Goodbye and 1980’s In Search of the Rainbow Seekers.

Mtume’s suit follows action by members of the Village PeopleEaglesFleetwood MacHuey Lewis and the News and others who have used Section 203 of the U.S. Copyright Act to reclaim rights to their music after 35 years, as of Jan. 1, 1978.

 Mtume is also demanding an accounting on royalties for his copyright interests on the “Juicy” single and the two albums. As well, he is seeking a declaration that the recordings were not created under a work-for-hire agreement and that he is the sole copyright owner of the recordings — points Sony Music has contested. Read more from Billboard.

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