Lawrenceville, GA – Not on Pastor Shirley Caesar’s watch! The Grammy Award-winning gospel singer is currently preparing to take DJ Suede to court over an unauthorized remix her sermon-song “Hold My Mule” making its way to iTunes without her approval.
Accumulating millions views on Facebook, the catchy Thanksgiving #UNameItChallenge tune became a viral sensation this year as a clip the respected pastor singing about having beans, greens, potatoes and tomatoes during a sermon from a video uploaded to YouTube six years ago made the rounds on social media.
Her legal team claims the video led to more than $5 million in losses. “DJ Suede and his management were in conversations with her lawyer. They didn’t reach an agreement and they put it out anyway,” a member the team revealed to CBS46.
Caesar didn’t appreciate the raunchiness that accompanied the RemixGodSuede’s version the song, which featured twerking and alcohol in the remix video. Her lawyers say the clip “violate[s] the brand, image and name a Christian pastor.” The only rendition she approved was a version with Snoop Dogg, who had the decency to reach out to her team before creating and releasing his own respectable remix. Snoop and Caesar were also reportedly planning a collaboration and Caesar’s team says the song put that deal in jeopardy.
The lawsuit was filed this week in Gwinnett County and accuses DJ Suede (born Keenan Webb), Jullian Boothe and Empire Distribution releasing an unauthorized version the cut.
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX last month, DJ Suede responded to the backlash he received from turning Pastor Shirley’s song into something she would never approve .
“I can respect the fact that she doesn’t want twerking and gyrating going on,” he said. “At the end the day, they’re going to do whatever they want to the record. It’s one those records that make you want to dance anyway.”
As the time this writing, the video and song DJ Suede remixed still available. The case will go to court on December 21.
Check out Snoop Dogg’s authorized version the #UNameItChallenge song below.