Minus the one obvious ongoing situation with Breezy, Drake is usually not one to be caught up in the usual dramas of the industry. He's usually clean and comes off as one that can do no wrong. No other artist in Hip Hop has boasted a winning streak as impressive or consistent.
Well now, the MC who presumably can do no wrong has ran into legal trouble over an allegedly sample used for his standout street single, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2”, featuring Jay Z.
The sample in question is the notable intro:
Good God Almighty. Like back in the old days. You know, years ago they had the A&R men to tell you what to play, how to play it and you know whether it's disco and rock but we just went in the studio and we did it. We had the champagne in the studio, of course, compliments of the company, and we just laid back and did it. So we hope you enjoy listening to this album half as much as we enjoyed playing it for you. Because we had a ball. Only real music is gonna last, all the other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow…
According to reports, the lawsuit is for the song’s signature 35-second intro, which is a monologue recorded by notable jazz musician Jimmy Smith from his 1982 song “Jimmy Smith Rap”. The police report initiated by Smith’s estate claims that Drake never requested, nor received permission to use the monologue in reference, although the Grammy-Winning rapper listed in the liner notes that the sample was properly licensed for use.
As a result, the Smith Estate is suing Drake, and his label, Cash Money Records, for more than $300,000.
As of right now, no official response has been issued by Drake or his label.
Come on Drake why you out here stealing samples bro? Seriously though, Pound Cake was such a prominent track on Drizzy's Nothing Was The Same album. It seems odd that particular sample wound't have been cleared at all.
Not even a discussion? Hmm, stay tuned.