A Ghanaian Rapper Has Filed A $10 Million Lawsuit Against Drake For Using A Sample Of His Words In His Song.

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(GEMS RADIO)- Obrafour, a Ghanaian musician, filed a lawsuit against Drake in the Southern U.S. District Court of New York district over a sample Drake used on the song “Calling My Name.”

Obrafour $10 Million Lawsuit

The song, according to Obrafour, uses an unpermitted sample of one of his songs. Drake’s rendition of that song contains the line “Killer cut, blood, killer cut” around the 53-second mark, which the Ghanaian musician alleges is from his 2003 remix of “Oye Ohene.”

According to the Lawsuit, Obrafour is suing for at least $10 million in compensation. The complaint claims many defendants, in addition to Drake, including Drizzy’s record label OVO, Republic Records, and its owner, Universal Music Group.

Music producer Alex Lustig, DJ Diamante Blackmon, writer and producer Johannes Klahr, and musician Beau Nox are all mentioned as producers or writers on the track and are implicated in the Lawsuit.

“Calling My Name” Performance So Far

A few days before the project’s release, on June 8, 2022, Drake’s agent allegedly wrote an email to Obrafour requesting consent to sample the song. On June 13, the agent followed up.

On June 17, the day “Calling My Name” was made available, Obrafour still hadn’t responded to these emails.

The complaint claims that it accumulated more than 250 million streams after the album’s release. Over 47 million people have streamed “Calling My Name” on Spotify alone, while 4.1 million have seen it on YouTube.

More Claims In The Lawsuit

In addition to the $10 million in damages, the Lawsuit also demands the earnings from record profits, online streaming, concerts, and other revenue streams connected to “Calling My Name.” Obrafour is also asking for payment for their legal costs.


Written by: Jessica Sommerfield

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