Rapper Li'l Jon is being sued for copyright infringement over his 2014 smash hit song "Turn Down for What".

According to Billboard.com, Golden Crown Publishing filed the legal papers in a New York federal court on Thursday, May 4, alleging DJ Snake and Li'l Jon ripped off the song already recorded by rapper Freddie GZ.

Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are producers Maliki Sankoh, and Roberson Bonjea, who along with Freddie Gz are known as Tha Architectz. The lawsuit claims Tha Architectz recorded the song in January, 2013 and released it in March, 2013.

About 4 months later, Li'l Jon referenced Freddie Gz's song in a Twitter exchange with his co-creator DJ Snake.

"Tellingly, Lil Jon and DJ Snake exchanged tweets regarding their Infringing Work on July 15, 2013, only four months after the release of Plaintiff's Original Work," the lawsuit reads. "DJ Snake tweeted to Lil Jon, 'Turn Down For What ??? @LilJon'; Lil Jon replied, 'LET'S GO!'."

The lawsuit continues:

"After the release of Freddie GZ's song of the same title in March 2013, and its acclaim and nationwide recognition and distribution, DJ Snake and Lil Jon composed a song of the same title. The striking similarity between the Original Work and the Infringing Works... when paired together with the timeline of events cannot be a coincidence. There is no possibility that the Infringing Works is a creature of independent creation."

The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages and a permanent injunction.

Li'l Jon, whose real name is Jonathan Smith, 46, started his career as a nightclub DJ in Atlanta in the 1980s. He was signed by music producer Jermaine Dupri as A&R at So So Def Records in 1993.

While producing hit songs for Usher "Yeah!" and "Freek-a-Leek" by Petey Pablo, Li'l Jon formed his own group, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, in 1997.

Listen to both versions of "Turn Downf What" below.

Freddie Gz "Turn Down for What" Produced by "The Architects"

DJ Snake, Lil Jon - Turn Down for What

Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    4years later??

  • imright

    oh brother???

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Are those his real teeth at the bottom? OR are those grills? EEK! OMG!

  • Yen Chantress

    The longer you wait, greater the royalties; thus a bigger settlement if he wins. ???? It sounds the same, just less "Krunk". Oh boy!

  • hotntot95

    Dude..close your mouff..FOREVER?

  • hotntot95

    Definition of yuck mouth...my #1 turn off...

  • Renee26

    Sounds close enough to be a rip off....Pay on up Lil Jon....should have gotten those teef fixed while you had the chance

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Welp.....he definitely gone have to pay up.

  • Renee26

    Freddie GZ version make me wanna C walk...Lil John version make me wanna tear some ish up

  • Hill Candy

    I did not know lil Jon was 46.

  • stav

    Yellow , plaque riddled bottom teeth, and you had the nerve to go get fitted for a grill, and not get a thorough cleaning of your mouth! Disgusting!

  • RicanLBC

    Aye either way this apt finna get DESTROYED!!!??????

  • Kilroy

    We gon get paaaaaiiid boyeee!?

  • Kilroy

    Lil Jon smiles and traffic slows down. Ol' yella teeth, grimy song thieving mofo.

  • CookieMobster
  • Disqus_year4016

    Jon brush your teeth. Get low get low, get toothbrush get toothbrush.

  • Browneyes

    Why did it take so many years for them to realize this

  • SpiceGirl

    2014 to 2017....FOH!!

  • abby500

    Jon... u can get veneers for those bottoms teef sir....

  • Tynamight

    I never got the concept of the video. I was partway disturbing.

  • Kbellaluvvs

    uggghhh just throw away the whole mouth....

  • Rayne

    I know that ain't the tartar hanging off his teef. Whose kissing that SON!! No gawd yuck!

  • Guess Who

    His entire mouth looks like it smells like a backed up toilet.
    Ain't this dude about 50 years old? When is he gonna let that grill/shades combo DIE, bleach his teeth and act his damn age?

  • JENNYJONES1

    I SOOO AGREE, LIL JON'S VERSION JUST LEFT OUT VERSUS AND IS ALL CRUNK MUSIC AND A CHORUS. I SEE $$$ SIGN IN THE PLAINTIFFS FUTURE VERY SOON. I HOPE LIL JON AND COMPANY SAVED UP SOME MONEY. BUT ON ANOTHER NOTE FREDDIE GZ VERSION WOULD HAVE NEVER REACHED THE POPULARITY THAT LIL JON'S VERSION GOT B/C IT WASN'T THAT H0T. I ACTUALLY NEVER HEARD IT OR OF HIM UNTIL NOW. PAY UP LIL JON & CO...........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Kirenee

    Take care of your smile peeps! Regular dental visits and Zoom whitening was the best thing I invested in.... ?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Lil Jon has enough problems to worry about.

    And I know everybody is focusing on his obvious dental concerns but that's pretty much what happens after years wearing those tacky gold grills. Those things are gold plated and I've actually seen them get rusty and stuck to teeth and have to be pried out.

    They smell too.

    But Lil Jon has never cared what people thought about him and I see he still doesn't because he looks like a Llama with brown and gray hair.

  • Ajavee

    I like both versions of the songs but Freddie Gz “Turn Down for What” Produced by “The Architects” is the orginal. The Architects have a good case against Lil Jon and DJ Snake.

  • MsVet

    Yep pay the man thief!!

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    NOPE. cadence not the same. Take this L freddie gz.

  • Shanese

    ???

  • Patricia

    they were smart to let it run its cour$e and now come for the $uit

  • SayWhatNow?

    His teeth are yucky!

  • KLo

    doesn't sound the same

  • nick c

    They wait for it to make as much money as possible to sue this is a legal tactic to maximize backpay lol.

  • nick c

    Dude needs come dental implants and crowns.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    That bottom row though! When will ninjas figure out that lack of dental attention can cause longterm damage to your health

  • Interracial_NOT

    You put the worst picture you could find didn't You? YOU ARE NOT A BLACK WOMAN.NO WAY!

  • Dane

    I can hear some similarities but the Snake/Jon version is the mf'in business!!

    The first one is like the elevator music version. You just humming along, waiting for your floor. The second one...you tearing that elevator....and anybody in it...UP!!!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Cut the check... .

  • Ryan

    Never understand why these people wait so long to say something. Seems like there would be a statute of limitations.

  • Overpower Radio

    They stole his hook, changed the synth to a voice, and just ran wit it. Well ..that should be a pretty nice check ...more than I think the he would have made off the original song on his own.

  • Jussjess25

    Sandra you cant possibly think we care about this lady! Wow who cares!!

  • OP2

    It's called legal strategy. You might as well not speak too soon 'publicly' to avoid tainting potential earnings for the song. The goal is to allow the song to do the work and run it's course with all who are involved in promoting & performing the song so that concert goers, etc. can maximum the earnings for the song.

    -the courts then take a look at what that song earned, along with it's performing artists and company actually made to that point. From there, the merits & damage of a lawsuit is measured.

    Why should there is a short 'statute of limitations' when the lifespan and earnings for a song is ongoing?? -some money-making hits are played in clubs for at least the first 3-5yrs and even longer in the media via radio & commercials.

  • Ryan

    Thank you for the thesis-length response to my offhand remark. I bet you're a lot of fun at parties.

  • Luv R

    The video for Lil Jon's version is disgusting