June 29, 2011
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – Cleveland disc jockey and early rap artist Orrin Lynn Tolliver, Jr. has just been awarded nearly $1.2 million by a New York jury. The award comes after a former friend and collaborator allowed without permission his 1983 song, “I Need A Freak,” to be sampled by the Black Eyed Peas for the group’s hit song, “My Humps.”
In the early 80s, Tolliver formed a concept band called Sexual Harassment and recorded “I Need A Freak” at his friend and collaborator James McCants’ studio at Heat Records.
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