Music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz are suing social media video platform Triller for $28 million for alleged non-payment after selling their popular “Verzuz” series.
Launched in 2020 by two hip-hop producers, the hit streaming rap battle show pits musical artists against each other in the form of freestyle rap.
Swizz Beatz, real name Kasim Dean, and Timbaland, real name Timothy Mosley, agreed to sell the rights to the series to a TikTok competitor, Triller, in January 2021, TMZ first reported.
But now the two claim that the company, founded in 2015 by financier Ryan Kavanaugh, has defaulted on the deal after just two payments, according to documents obtained by the outlet.
A new payment schedule is said to have been later agreed, but Timbaland and Swizz Beatz claim they still haven’t seen the money in their accounts after it was due in January.
The couple are seeking $28 million in damages plus $95,000 in interest, plus attorneys’ fees and costs.
According to Billboard, attorneys for Swizz Beatz and Timbaland wrote in the lawsuit, “Defendants defaulted and refused to respond to plaintiffs’ written notice and demand for payment.” “To date, defendants have defaulted and refused to make payments to Mosley and Dean for past charges and fees, and the defendants remain in default on their payment obligations.”
Triller did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment – but legal representatives for Swizz Beatz and Timbaland allege in the lawsuit: “The above omissions constitute material breaches of contract by the defendants of $28,095,000.00 payable immediately.”
Swizz Beatz – who is married to singer Alicia Keys – teamed up with Timbaland to bring “Verzuz” to life in the early stages of the pandemic.
In March 2020, the couple competed against each other in a rap fight, which aroused great interest in the show, in which some of the biggest names of the rap later entered the stage.
John Legend, Alicia Keys, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Too $ Hort, Patti Labelle and Gucci Mane are some of the big names that occurred in the series.
After Timbaland, Swizz Beatz is suing Triller for $28 million over “Verzuz” pay beef, which was first featured in the New York Post.