Lonely Island Sued: 'SNL' Rappers Accused Of Not Paying For Beats

11/08/2011 04:03 pm ET | Updated Jan 08, 2012

The Lonely Island, the rap group known for comedic hip-hop videos on "Saturday Night Live," has been sued in New York by two St. Louis-based musicians for allegedly failing to give credit for beats used in two of their songs, according to Entertainment Weekly.

According to plaintiffs Aleric "Rick Tha Rular" Banks and Monique "Foxx StarStrukk" Hines, the pair sent beats that would be used in the songs "Shy Ronnie" and "Like a Boss" to The Lonely Island, which is comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone, in 2008. However, Banks and Hines were never compensated for their work, nor were they given proper credit. The video for "Shy Ronnie" was later nominated for an Emmy, and "Like a Boss," which is a lyrical parody of the song "Like a Boss" by Slim Thug but uses a different beat, was released on their first album "Incredibad."

EW also claims that NBC Universal and Universal Republic Records are named in the suit in addition to The Lonely Island. The pair are seeking unspecified damages.