Nicholas Partridge Sued T.I. For Cooping Idea For “Bankroll Mafia;” Claims Rapper Stalked & Extorted Him
Rapper T.I. has come out swinging in a suit accusing him of stealing the idea for his music group and album, “Bankroll Mafia.”
The “Whatever You Like” rapper filed court papers asked a judge to dismiss Nicholas Partridge’s suit accusing him of the theft, as well as extortion, stalking and getting other rappers to harass him.
Nicholas Partridge sued T.I. earlier this year for theft of intellectual property, “debt (and) extortion,” for allegedly co-opting the name “Bankroll Mafia” and is demanding $10 million for his loss, according to the suit, which was obtained by BOSSIP. Partridge said he never gave the “Whatever You Like” rapper permission to use the name and he’s suffered massive financial losses as a result.
Partridge said he came up with the name and idea for “Bankroll Mafia” while he was locked up for a few months in 2014 in the Gwinnett County Jail. He said that when jail staff put him in protective custody, he’d spend the day drawing and created the “Bankroll Mafia” brand and company, his suit says. But he said when he was released in October of that year, he saw that T.I. was using it.
T.I. released the album, “Bankroll Mafia” in 2016 as part of a supergroup he created with Young Thug, Shad da God, PeeWee Roscoe, Lil Duke and London Jae. The group released songs including “Bankrolls on Deck.”
But T.I. said Partridge’s complaint is full of holes and has no basis for a claim in court. He also said that Partridge couldn’t prove that he owned the term “Bankroll Mafia,” or created a business in that name. He also didn’t spell out how T.I. allegedly extorted him or was indebted to him, the “Family Hustle” star’s court papers state.
Some of Partridge’s language in his complaint, like “evidence of a racial problem he put on television using me,” was hard to understand and came off like incoherent ranting.
T.I. said he’s never met Partridge, and denied the man’s additional claims of extortion and stalking and said he’s never taken Partridge’s intellectual property, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP.
A judge has yet to rule on the case.