Nas’ Ex Carmen Bryan Hit With Plagiarism Lawsuit

While rapper Nas

is riding a wave of success with his new album Hip-Hop Is Dead, the rapper’s

former girlfriend Carmen Bryan has been hit with a lawsuit over her salacious,

tell-all book It’s No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from Seduction to Scandal–a

Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All.In

a lawsuit filed in Columbus, Ohio Federal Court, Tannell Davis claims to have

written the book, which originally had a working title of Sex, Drugs and Hip-Hop…Oh,

and Did I Mention Love?"

Bryan, who did stints at Def Jam and Capitol Records, also shares a daughter with

Nas. The

272-page-book tells Bryan’s life story and her role in a vicious feud between

Nas and rapper Jay-Z and her affair with both rappers as well as other trysts.


details a secret affair she had with Nas’ one-time rival Jay-Z and claims she

was the inspiration behind a number of hit records written by Jay-Z, including

"Give It To Me, "Is That Yo Chick" and others. The

lawsuit alleges that Davis originally wrote and copyrighted Sex, Drugs and

Hip-Hop…Oh, and Did I Mention Love? and that Bryan plagiarized the original

version and sold the new version to Simon & Schuster under the new titled

It’s No Secret. In

a recent

interview with, Nas shared his views on the book, which hit

stores in November. "In

this game, ya moms can come out and write a rhyme about you," Nas told

about the book. "It is what it is, what can you do? People are going to write

books. I hope it’s a best seller. I hope she can buy twelve Bentleys off

of it. Get out of my pockets and do her thing. I don’t respect when people

jump out of their shirt; lose their shirt to cause controversy and stuff like

that. That’s a different world. I’m staying out of it."Davis

seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.

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