March 22nd, 2012 by faye
Rapper Drake has finally responded to the lawsuit filed against him by a woman named Ericka Lee, who claims that she helped Drake draft the music and lyrics for the song “Marvin’s Room.” Lee also claims that she had a “romantic and business” relationship with the Canadian recording artist.
As previous reports have stated, Ericka Lee sued Drake on February 2 for a cut of the royalties from the hit-making song, insisting she helped write and compose “Marvins Room,” and recorded both the hook and a spoken-word monologue that can be heard on the track.
The 25-year-old Drake, on the other hand, “denies that Ericka Lee ever had any rights to co-writer royalties, and denies the characterization that Lee was ‘excluded’ from something she had no right to,” states the rapper’s nine-page response. Lee is “not a co-writer of the song and…she is not entailed to writer credit and money.”
Douglas Johnson, Ericka Lee’s attorney said that Drake’s response is “total nonsense.”
“It’s just not true and I am very surprised by his [Drake] statements,” Johnson said, adding, “This will all be taken care of in court.”
Johnson also said that the Drake case is still in the discovery, evidence-gathering phase and that depositions will be taken eventually.
March 20th, 2012 by faye
Canadian recording artist Drake is responding to the lawsuit filed against him by a woman whom she worked with in his newest viral song. The woman claims Drake promised her a share in the profits of the masterpiece.
According to the reports, a woman named Ericka Lee filed the lawsuit on Thursday in California federal court against 25-year-old Drake, saying she was the voice on the other end of the phone call in the song “Marvin’s Room.” Lee is now suing Drake for excluding her from sharing co-writer royalties on one of his biggest recent hits. The woman also claims the they had a romantic and business partnership between early 2010 and mid-2011. During the relationship, Ericka Lee and Drake are said to have exchanged poems and song lyrics, as well as discussed joint creative projects.
Last year, Drake allegedly agreed to work with Lee on “Marvin’s Room” and divide the profits. Ericka Lee claims she was asked to record the song’s “hook” as well as the opening monologue that would serve as the thematic framework for a song about Drake’s longing for an ex-girlfriend and how his popularity thwarted his love life. “Plaintiff’s contribution is highly significant to the overall work,” says the complaint.
Drake supposedly acknowledged the contributions of Ericka Lee in text messages sent to her, with one even reading, “U basically made that song.” Another read, “It’s s–t without you.”
The rapper Drake purportedly gave Lee credit as a “vocalist” on the song as “Syren Lyric Muse.” Additionally, the parties are said to have registered the sound recording at the U.S. Copyright Office. Back in July 11, Ericka Lee made a claim there, saying, “My works and voice are used on this work.” About six weeks later, Drake’s label, Cash Money Records made its own claim, saying that the song author was an “employer for hire.”
Lee alleges that after the song was released, her relationship with Drake got ugly and eventually came to an end. The two discussed meeting in Los Angeles, but it never happened. According to the complaint, Drake later sent a text message to Ericka Lee that offered her 2 percent of “publishing royalties.”
Come November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. “What the f— is your problem?” he said to her, according to the complaint, then offering her “4-5%” of publishing monies plus a $50,000 payout to go away. Instead, Ericka Lee filed a lawsuit against Drake over “Marvin’s Room,” which has been viewed more than 39 million times on YouTube. She demands a judge declare her as co-writer of the song. Ericka Lee is also seeking damages and disgorgement of profits on allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment. Lee is represented by Neville Johnson, who previously filed a lawsuit against Drake on behalf of Playboy Enterprises for sampling an unauthorized sound recording it owned on “Best I Ever Had.”