Last week, the family of Marvin Gaye won $7.3 million in their case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement over their song “Blurred Lines.” Now the family is preparing to go after T.I., who spit a verse on the title track off Thicke’s 2013 album. Recently, TMZ caught up with Tip at LAX and asked him what he thought about the pending lawsuit. He said that “anybody with common sense” can see that he doesn’t steal music or creative ideas.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said when asked about the lawsuit. “I never really got caught up in that. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the legacy and the estate of Marvin Gaye and I’ve got nothing but extreme admiration for my partner Pharrell, whatever happen with it, the universe will deal with it. I’m a writer, I’m a creator, I don’t steal from anybody creatively when I create my music. I know that anybody with common sense can see that.”
The family recently issued an open letter, in which they expressed their reasoning for coming down on the artists involved with the song. They claim that they are trying to protect the integrity of their father’s music. The result has set the precedent for sampling music in the future. According to Pharrell, the ruling will forever hinder the creative process for future artists. Watch T.I.’s response below.