"Play With Fire" is an early period Rolling Stones tune, the B-side from the single for "The Last Time" that also appears on their 1965 album Out of Our Heads. "Playing With Fire" is that batshit Lil Wayne song from Tha Carter III on which Weezy F. implores whoever's listening to "assassinate me, bitch!" and so on.
The two tracks have a hell of a lot in common, musically. And as the Verve could certainly tell you, the Stones aren't too keen on the whole borrowing thing. Reuters reports (via Billboard.com) that Lil Wayne, his artistic collaborators, and his Universal Music Group-owned record label are being sued for copyright infringement by Abkco Music Inc., the publishing company that holds the rights to "Play With Fire".
As the Reuters report states, Abkco is claiming that "Lil Wayne's 'Playing with Fire' is a clear derivative of the Rolling Stones song with the original lyrics and music altered in a recognizable way." Which, uh, yeah, it is. The Stones are seeking unspecified damages from the lawsuit, though your "A Milli" joke is as good as mine. Abkco are also alleging that Wayne's "Fire" features "'explicit, sexist and offensive language' and could lead the public to believe the company and the Rolling Stones approved of and authorized the new version." Because, of course, those dudes' hands are so clean.
And get this: According to another Billboard.com report, the Stones aren't just suing Universal... they're signing a deal with 'em! Because that makes sense.
Wayne, meanwhile, hits the Virgin Festival in Baltimore August 10 and the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans in late October.