*Drake may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but according to a new lawsuit, the Canadian lyricist is a thief.
Drake is accused of sampling “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” without permission. Even worse, the rapper stated in the liner notes of his latest album, “Nothing Was the Same,” that the sample was properly licensed.
The Jay Z-assisted song begins with a 35 second monologue from a 1982 song — “Jimmy Smith Rap” — recorded by jazz musician Jimmy Smith, who died in 2005.
Smith’s estate insists in the lawsuit that no permission was given to use the sample nor did anyone ask for permission. In addition to Drake, the lawsuit mentioned the rapper’s label Cash Money Records, among others, and is seeking more than $300K.
At this time, Drake has yet to issue a comment regarding his legal troubles.
To hear the sample used for “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” click on the item below: