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14 March 2018, 09:35 | Myron Mathis
Miley Cyrus has been sued by Michael “Flourgon” May
One of the biggest names in dancehall during the 1980s, Flourgon made a name with songs like We Run Things, Bounce, Big Batty Gal and Love Mi Lover Bad. As the title of the song might suggest, May also objects to Cyrus' use of the phrase "We run things, things don't run we", which he claims is an interpolation of his song's central patois-derived line, "We run things".
The suit claims the Jamaica-based songwriter, along with artist Michael May, wrote a song titled "We Run Things" back in 1988. You check out the two songs below for comparison. In translation, Flourgon thinks Miley's pronouncement of not being able to stop is equivalent to saying that he runs things. "Things don't run we".
"Cyrus exchanged her trademark "good girl" Disney profile for a gritty and hyper-sexualized image, quite often brazenly and defiantly invoking provocative and obscene statements, lyrics and dress and personal vocalizations to reflect the grittiness, aggression and sultriness associated with USA based hip-hop, R&B, urban and Caribbean music", the lawsuit reads. "Things don't run we".
"We Can't Stop", from Cyrus' album "Bangerz", peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a federal court in NY, said the lyrics belonged "distinctly" to Flourgon with "roots in Jamaican Patois with its own unique phraseology and linguistic combinations that, when translated into English, is not grammatically correct".
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