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Drake faces new lawsuit over ‘In My Feelings’ sample – Billboard

ByRandall B. Phelps

Mar 3, 2022

Drake faces a new version of a twice-failed copyright infringement lawsuit that claims a pair of his 2018 hits — “In My Feelings” and “Nice For What” — contained a Illegal sample of a New Orleans artist’s instrumental beat.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Louisiana, Samuel Nicholas said the “bouncy” New Orleans sound of both Drake songs was provided by “directly copying” his 2000 track “Roll Call (Instrumental) “. Notably, Nicholas has already filed these same charges twice, but previous cases were thrown out because he failed to plead them.

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Like previous lawsuits, the news claims Nicholas’ copyrighted song was sampled and added to Drake’s songs by producer BlaqNmilD – and that the veteran New Orleans producer also added the same sample illegal to several other bounce songs he worked on for other artists. .

In a statement to Billboard, representatives for BlaqNmilD — whose real name is Adam J. Pigott — said there was a far less nefarious explanation than counterfeiting. Rather than copying “Roll Call” into Drake’s songs, reps for the producer said Pigott and Nicholas actually sampled the same, much older song by legendary Queens hip hop duo The Showboys – a 1986 sample. often used which is part of “the sonic DNA of bouncy music.

“It was this song, ‘Drag Rap (Triggerman),’ that Adam had indeed sampled for the compositions in question,” said Craig E. Baylis, manager of BlaqNmilD. “The Showboys will certify that Adam has ensured that they have been contacted for all appropriate clearances. Our question is, has the applicant done the same?”

Nicholas’ lawyer Mark Edward Andrews, did not return a request for comment on the lawsuit, including why the lawsuits against Drake were dropped and repeatedly filed. Representatives for Drake and Warner Music Group, the songs’ publishers’ parent company, also did not return requests for comment.

“In My Feelings” and “Nice For What” were released from Drake’s fifth studio album Scorpio in 2018 were critical and commercial successes, each spending more than eight weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Both were released with star-studded videos featuring Olivia Wilde, Issa Rae, Will Smith, DJ Khaled, Rashida Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., Dua Lipa and more.

In his lawsuit, Nicholas claims to have direct evidence that BlaqNmilD used his song, thanks to YouTube videos and a reality TV show in which the producer explained his process. In a clip cited by the lawsuit, the producer gave an interview to the Genius website in which he detailed how he added a specific “rhythm” to Drake’s songs that incorporated “different elements of bounce”.

“The video interview reproduced an approximately 18-second audio clip of ‘this beat’ while displaying an audio spectrum of it, labeled ‘blaq _bouncebeat.wav,'” the lawsuit said. “When plaintiff Samuel Nicholas III became aware of this YouTube video months later, he acknowledged that ‘this beat’ was an unauthorized copy of his copyrighted work.”

The lawsuit also named Freddie Ross, Jr., a New Orleans rapper known as Big Freedia who also allegedly worked with BlaqNmilD, as well as several other entities involved in the two Drake songs.