Drake Hit With Lawsuit For Stolen Lyrics



Drake is now the latest rapper to find himself in a new plagiarism lawsuit.

An administrator of a dead jazz musician’s estate accused him of using a monologue from a song dating back in 1982, without permission.

Jimmy Smith’s relatives state that singer Drake actually stole the lyrics from Jimmy Smith Rap for his song Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.

They also said the sample has been properly licensed on the liner notes.

According to TMZ.com and a lawsuit obtained by them, Drake never got the permission to use the 35-second monologue which smith recorded over 30 years ago.

The estate administrators are suing Drake and Cash Money Records demanding more than $300,000 (GBP187,500).

Jimmy was an African-American jazz musician who released a series of instrumental jazz albums that often charted on Billboard.

Smith helped popularize the Hammond B-3 electric organ by creating an indelible connection between sixties soul and jazz improvisation.

In 2005, Smith was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which the highest honor that the United States gives jazz musicians.

In 2004, his wife, Lola, died of cancer and Smith later recorded an album, Legacy, with Joey DeFrancesco, and the two began preparation to go on tour.

However, before this could happen, Smith was found dead on February 8, 2005, at his Scottsdale home by his manager, Robert Clayton.

It is reported that he died in his sleep of natural causes.

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