Hip-hop photographer Chi Modu sues Notorious B.I.G. estate in pic dispute

A famed hip-hop photographer who utilised his iconic graphic of Biggie Smalls to promote snowboards statements the rapper’s estate has been hoping to ruin his enterprise right after a payment dispute.

Chi Modu, identified for his photographs of legends like Tupac Shakur, Snoop Puppy, the Notorious B.I.G. and others, is suing the business that manages Biggie’s estate just after it labeled him a “parasite” in an ongoing court docket battle. 

The rift commenced in 2018, Modu promises, following he wanted the estate to fork out far more to use a 1996 photograph of the Brooklyn-born Biggie, also recognised as Christopher Wallace, in a multi-coloured sweater and sunglasses posing with the Twin Towers in the track record. 

“I mainly questioned for a dwelling wage for my work,” Modu advised The Put up. 

Modu experienced sought around $100,000 a yr for the estate to license a blend of his pictures of Biggie. 

“Up until finally then, they were being having to pay a lot, a lot considerably less, so you see what’s heading on,” he noted.

Notorious B.I.G. LLC then sued Modu in California, claiming Modu had utilised the rapper’s graphic to promote snowboards with no authorization. Significantly less than two dozen snowboards experienced been offered, the photographer mentioned. 

“The human being who presses that shutter is the owner” of the image, Modu explained. “As copyright holder, I’m the person with the first right to exploit it. This is a combat for the artist, since artists are not earning a dwelling wage.”

Wallace was shot and killed in Los Angeles in 1997. Notorious B.I.G. LLC declined remark.