Drake is being sued for copyright infringement by Playboy Enterprises. The suit, according to the CP, alleges his breakout smash Best I Ever Had samples a '70s hit owned by the company.
CP says that in a lawsuit filed June 24, Playboy alleges Drake's mixtape hit contains Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds' 1975 soft-rock tune, Fallin' in Love. And it sure does sound that way. I would be very surprised to learn it's NOT a sample and that they're not just quibbling over ownership. You can hear both tracks below.
The suit names Drake – a.k.a. Aubrey Drake Graham -- as well as Cash Money Records and Universal Music Group.
Best I Ever Had isn't on Drakes chart topping debut Thank Me Later, But it did reach #2 in the U.S. last summer.
CP says, "The lawsuit demands that "all infringing works be recalled and destroyed."
Your first thought might be, bah, as if THAT's ever going to happen. But I am reminded of a certain incident involving the Verve's Bittersweet Symphony. The 1997 song has lyrics written by Richard Ashcroft, but it is now credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, following a lawsuit claiming that the song was plagiarized from the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song The Last Time.