"The Time Is Now" was composed by Cena along with Marc Predka, Cena's cousin known by his stage name Tha Trademarc. Having recorded the album with Cena, Predka was featured on virtually every track of the album. Production was handled by Jake One. The song contains samples "Ante Up" by M.O.P. and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Bobby Russell. On October 14, 2008, M.O.P. filed suit in a New York Federal Court against Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony BMG Music Sales Enterprise, Stephanie Music Publishing, Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, WWE and John Cena. The group claims that Cena and the WWE stole parts of their song "Ante Up" for his theme song, claiming that the song is unlawfully sampled and clearly repeated three times, during the introduction, and then the second and third chorus. "The Time is Now" who says the M.O.P. is seeking the destruction of the song and asking for $150,000 in damages.
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