Ebony Latrice Batts, who performs as Phoenix Phenom, and her songwriter Manny Mohr of Aurora, IL, claim that the hit is a little too similar to their song "Boom Dynamite" to be coincidence.
To make matters worse, Phoenix Phenom sent the song to Interscope Records, the Peas's label, in the hopes of getting Fergie to perform on the track. Instead, Interscope turned them down, and the Black Eyed Peas came out with their chart-topped shortly after.
The lawsuit, filed this week, seeks damages from each of the Peas individually, as well as from Interscope and Universal Music Group. They are also asking for a share of the profits and future songwriting credit.
Did the Peas rip off the Phenom? Tell us what you think. Watch the videos below and then cast your vote:
BOOM DYNAMITE, by PHOENIX PHENOM
BOOM BOOM POW, "by" THE BLACK-EYED PEAS
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