Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar, whose song “Hold My Mule” went viral a few years ago, is suing a Georgia rapper over a remix of her song.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Gwinnett County, accuses Keenan Webb known as DJ Suede of releasing an unauthorized version. The clerk’s office says the court file does not yet list an attorney for Webb. Caesar’s attorney, James Walker, said the only official version authorized by her has been performed by Snoop Dogg.
“DJ Suede and his management were in conversations with her lawyer,” Judge Glenda Hatchett said Thursday. “They didn’t reach an agreement and they put it out anyway.” James Walker, Caesar’s attorney, added that the remix and video in question “violate the brand, image, and name of a Christian pastor.” The remix was distributed on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
Caesar said she originally recorded the song in 1988. Caesar’s song gave inspiration to the #UNameItChallenge online, which features people doing dances to the song and was a huge ode to Thanksgiving.