18 h 45 PT – A source close to Ice Cube told TMZ… “This is Robinhood showing disrespect for the law or the people they hurt. Ice Cube has NOT allowed her image or lyrics printed next to her photo, and would never approve of Robinhood. When asked to remove it because he was offended, Robinhood refused. Moreover, to label blatant propaganda for Robinhood’s online trading app and services as just “editorial use” shows that someone needs to send their lawyer back to school. “ 15h08 PT – Maybe it’s Ice Cube that needs checking out – because Robinhood is clearing up how they came to use this photo of him in their Snacks newsletter… telling TMZ, “No , we did not use his image without permission. The image has been licensed and used for non-commercial editorial purposes in a blog post. “ Ice Cube is about to melt – dude is heated because he says Robinhood used his face to plug in their services without his permission… so now he’s suing them.
The rapper has just filed a lawsuit against the financial services company – which many people use to buy and trade stocks – for allegedly using a photo of him in an advertisement featured on their press service, Robinhood Snacks, last month.
According to the documentation, obtained by TMZ, Cube claims that Robinhood took an image of him in another project he had worked on … and slapped it in a newsletter update talking about stock / market corrections – and l ‘captioned with a riff on a famous lyric from one of his songs.
The quote… “Correct yourself, before you destroy yourself” – which is obviously a play on his famous track “Check Yo Self”. Cube says that by inserting his image and likeness into their Snacks service, they falsely associated it with their brand … giving the impression that he approves of them, which he is more than making clear here – he does. NOT.
Cube goes so far as to say that Robinhood is “the antithesis of everything Ice Cube stands for” and calls its products and services “horrible.” He goes on to say that Robinhood has a habit of doing this … namely, connecting celebrities and other rappers – like Jay Z and In the – to endorse its products and services… but Cube makes it clear that he doesn’t want to be part of it.
IC also has a theory as to why he thinks Robinhood roped him up here – he says his business partner, Jeff Kwatinetz, has criticized the company (both in public and in its own lawsuit against them) … and suggests that this is Robinhood’s way of sticking to both.