Drake Sued Over 'Marvin's Room' by Purported Ex-Girlfriend

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Drake Sued Over 'Marvin's Room' by Purported Ex-Girlfriend
 

 

Ericka Lee says she has the text messages to prove that the rapper acknowledged her significant contribution.

Last year, hip hop superstar Drake released a song, "Marvin's Room," that quickly went viral and prompted various remixes by fellow artists intrigued by the depiction of a young woman on a phone call as the rapper drunkenly croons, "You could do better."

Now, Ericka Lee, revealing herself to be Drake's ex-girlfriend, has stepped up, saying she was the voice on the other end of the phone call. The woman is now suing Drake for excluding her from sharing co-writer royalties on one of his biggest recent hits.

Lee filed the lawsuit on Thursday in California federal court claiming the two had a romantic and business partnership between early-2010 and mid-2011. During the relationship, the two are said to have traded poems and song lyrics and discussed joint creative projects.

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Last year, Drake allegedly agreed to work with Lee on "Marvin's Room" and split the proceeds. Lee says 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 yearning for an ex-girlfriend and how his fame interfered with his love life. "Plaintiff's contribution is highly significant to the overall work," says the complaint.

Drake supposedly acknowledged Lee's contributions in text messages sent to her. One read, "U basically made that song." Another read, "It's s--t without you."

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. On July 11, 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 authored was an "employer for hire."

Lee reports that after the song was released, their relationship ended and got ugly fast. The two discussed meeting in Los Angeles, but it never happened. According to the complaint, Drake later sent a text message to Lee that offered her 2 percent of "publishing royalties."

By November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. "What the f--k 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, Lee has filed a lawsuit 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. She's 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 a Playboy Enterprises for sampling an unauthorized sound recording it owned on "Best I Ever Had."

Drake couldn't be reached for comment.

Here's the video to "Marvin's Room":


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 Drake Sued Over 'Marvin's Room' by Purported Ex-Girlfriend (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter

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 02-03-2012, 10:20 AM         #2
coolbeans 
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 WELLDONE said:
this n*gga fine as fu*k in a suit. lookin like a canadian drug pin n sh*t
 02-03-2012, 10:20 AM         #3
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inb4 the drake f*ggs


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 6 years ago '04        #4
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lmaoooo text message simpin got him in trouble too
 02-03-2012, 10:30 AM         #5
coolbeans 
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 Dame Dash said:
how the fu*k do you say "hit it" referring to a male
unless it's a dude and he had his way with Drake's butthole
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 6 years ago '04        #6
TrueWest_1 1 heat pts
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 WELLDONE said:
this n*gga fine as fu*k in a suit. lookin like a canadian drug pin n sh*t






























































 6 years ago '04        #7
R.A.R.E. 172 heat pts172
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Voice overs?
 6 years ago '11        #8
Kadillac87 225 heat pts225
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bi*ch you wasn't with me recording in the studio










But she was though
 6 years ago '04        #9
King Kusanagi 36 heat pts36
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These hoes ain't sh*t. Always looking for a come up.

bi*ch, You wasn't with me spitting bars in the booth.
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 6 years ago '07        #11
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 WELLDONE said:
this n*gga fine as fu*k in a suit. lookin like a canadian drug pin n sh*t
didnt know so many guys check out other dudes alot of homos on this site
 6 years ago '06        #12
Yung Dilla 1500 heat pts1500
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yeah drake fu*ked my moms friends daughter in L.A. she works in bev hills he was walking by seen her asked her out. She said yeah he closed down a restaurant just for them and after dinner took her to the w hotel and sent her home in a car. She pissed cuz she thought he was gonna wife her lol
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 WELLDONE said:
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 02-03-2012, 12:10 PM         #14
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Drizzy the king Of Ls.
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 WELLDONE said:
this n*gga fine as fu*k in a suit. lookin like a canadian drug pin n sh*t
damn son... you n*ggaz just have no shame no more huh?


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 6 years ago '09        #16
K0ntrast 66 heat pts66
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He fu*ked up when he offered her 2%
 6 years ago '10        #17
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 mackenzieBALLE said:
I'm not in a kitchen, does that hurt you?
I cant imagine anyone but a hoe going around saying dumb a.ss s3xist sh*t like that.


Mackenzie you pretty damn used to Boxden posters now, fu*k the bullsh*t
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 6 years ago '04        #19
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now watch he diss her a.ss but won't come at common.. thats kinda dry.. wonk wonk
 02-03-2012, 12:44 PM         #20
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 SM said:
By November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. "What the f--k is your problem?"]
drake is such a lame
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