August 18, 2022

Timbaland And Swizz Beatz Are Suing Triller For $28M Over Verzuz

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’ relationship with short-form music video app Triller has taken a turn for the worst. 

According to reports, the pair have decided to sue Triller after alleging they refused to pay them $28 million after acquiring Verzuz, a rap-battle show they founded during the first peak of the pandemic. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Timbaland and Swizz Beats entered a settlement and signed a payment agreement with the platform. The deal meant Triller was supposed to pay the pair $9 million each and $500,000 on the first of the month for ten months. 

Per the complaint, Triller ended up defaulting on the agreement. They didn’t make a payment of $18 million in March and did not stick to the $1 million monthly installment payment plan. Despite receiving a notice from Timbaland and Swizz Beatz earlier this year, the platform has refused to pay up. 

“To date, Defendants have failed and refused to make any payment to of the past due sums due and owing,” the court documents read. 

This isn’t the first time the company has faced allegations of not committing to paying people on time. According to a previous report, Black content creators called out the platform for not committing to paying them on time or sometimes not at all. 

The lawsuit against Triller on behalf of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland seeks over $28,000 in damages, including repayment of any legal fees that occurred and “other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper.” 

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Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.