As the group-breaking song by the Wu Tang Clan, Staten Island's finest, pontificates, "Cash Rules Everything Around Me: C.R.E.A.M. Get the money! Dollar-dollar bill, ya'll!"

And so it goes...yesterday, rapper and Wu member U-God (ne' Lamont Kawkins) filed suit in the Southern District of New York against the Wu Tang Clan's LLC ("Wu Music") for alleged breach of contract arising out of non-payment relating to a musical recording and live music performances agreement. The rapper alleged damages of $170,000.

[Lamont Kawkins pka U-God v. Wu Music Group LLC; filed 1/8/2008; case CV-0159]