The Song: MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
The Plaintiff: Rick James
The Case: Fleet footed if lyrically-challenged rapper MC Hammer spoke of a beat “you can’t touch” in this era-defining pop rap song but he didn’t give proper songwriting credits or royalties to funkster Rick James whose 1981 hit “Super Freak” supplied the untouchable beat in question. James dropped the legal hammer and filed suit for infringement of copyright.
The Judgment: Without a dancing leg to stand on MC Hammer quickly settled with Rick James out of court and added him as one of the songs co-writers which meant a substantial amount of the millions of dollars the song made went straight to him.