Hear the track Drake is accused of ripping off

Getty Images 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.

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Jimmy Kimmel feat. Drake: Tweet Tweet

Jimmy Kimmel has come a long way since his days as Ben Stein's ridiculously dressed sidekick. He dated Sarah Silverman, got his own TV show and then got to F*** Ben Affleck  (NOT SAFE FOR WORK!) and become president of the Handsome Men's Club. Now he's rapping with the world's biggest rapper (of the moment). Move over Dos Aquis dude (Thanks commenter for pointing out that it's actually "Dos Equis." Oops. I don't speak Spanish or drink beer).

Kimmel and Drake have a "similar flow" as Jimmy puts it, so they put their heads together to create this awesome jam out of celebrity Tweets. I see a hip hop career in J Kim's future.

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So, are the critics thanking Drake?

CP Images After so much hype and such a long wait, Drake finally released his Cash Money debut, Thank Me Later this week. We thought we'd look at what the critics had to say. 

Critics are often more a measure of an artist's place on the cultural landscape than of actual merit. And Drake, whose "hood" is Toronto's affluent Forest Hill, and who is the protégé of Lil Wayne -- a man whose own street cred is beyond reproach -- is a fascinating case.

(Personally, his insistent use of the word "Y'all" drives me up the freakin' wall [hey! That rhymed!]. You're from the GTA, dude. Yeah, I know you spent summers with Dad in Memphis. You still went to Forest Hill high. You should give "Y'all" a rest.)

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Drake concert cancelled after near riot breaks out

CP Images Fox News is reporting that organizers cancelled a free concert by rapper Drake at New York's South Street Seaport Tuesday night, after a near riot erupted. The great hip hop hype never even took the stage because of "over capacity crowds and unruly behaviour."

Fox says the evening ended with chairs being thrown into the crowd, mace being sprayed, and reports of a table being tossed from a second floor balcony.

Crowds reportedly started gathering at 3 p.m. for the evening show, put on by Paper Magazine and which Drake was to play with Hanson (wait...what?). Organizers were expecting about 10,000 people but 25,000 showed up and things got out of hand. There were fistfights and fans were pushing and shoving each other up against barricades.

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