Courthouse News Service: Rapper Demands $1M From Former NKOTB Member


     (CN) - MC Spice, a rapper who co-wrote and produced a handful of hits for Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch in the early 1990s, says Donnie Wahlberg has never paid him royalties for songs that were used in TV shows like "Glee" and movies like "The Mighty Ducks."
     Boston rapper Amir Quadeer Shakir, who records as MC Spice, says he co-wrote and produced "Good Vibrations," "Wildside," "Make Me Say Ooh," and "Gonna Have a Good Time," among other songs, for Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, a rap group that featured a young Mark Wahlberg.
     Shakir says in his complaint in federal court in Manhattan that Donnie Wahlberg, his publishing company, and Warner/Chappell Music have not paid him royalties for his work with Marky Mark.
     Donnie Wahlberg, brother of Mark Wahlberg and former member of New Kids on the Block, later helped his younger brother Mark's hip-hop career with the Funky Bunch.
     The songs MC Spice worked on have been used in TV shows like "Glee," and movies like "The Mighty Ducks," "Analyze This" and "Rock Star," according to the complaint.
     Shakir seeks $500,000 in damages against Donnie Wahlberg and Donnie D. Publishing for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion, and another $500,000 against Warner Chappell for unjust enrichment.
     The rapper is represented by Lita Rosario of Washington, D.C. 

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