Drake & Cash Money Sued Over Jimmy Smith Sample On "Pound Cake"

(AllHipHop News) The opening monologue on “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” could cost Drake and his label money. According to TMZ, the rapper is being sued by the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith for illegal use of copyrighted material.

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The plaintiffs claim a sample from the track “Jimmy Smith Rap” was used on the Drake record without permission. The Smith estate is apparently seeking $300,000 from Drizzy and others.

“Pound Cake,” which features an appearance by Jay Z, was included on Drake’s third album Nothing Was The Same. The liner notes from the project state that “Jimmy Smith Rap” was properly licensed.

Smith died in 2005 at the age of 79.

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Listen to “Jimmy Smith Rap” and “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” below.

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18 Responses to “Drake & Cash Money Sued Over Jimmy Smith Sample On "Pound Cake"”


    When will these idiots LEARN that you cannot sample and not PAY UP? Do you seriously think these legendary musicians don’t have grandkids and much younger cousins who listen to hip hop and will relay the theft back to them? Seriously, it’s much easier to get the sample cleared or to re-create the work than to steal it, get caught, get sued and get negative publicity for it. It makes you look like a silly business person. If memory serves correct, Drake and Boi-1da got served by Hugh Hefner over the playboy song they sampled for ‘Best I Ever Had’. Plain stupidity.

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