On YM Drake’s 2011 single, “Marvin’s Room,” he talks to a young woman, telling her she “could do better” during drunken phone call. Well, he’s being sued by the woman on the track, who claims to be an ex-girlfriend, saying she wasn’t properly compensated for the track.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Ericka Lee has filed suit against Drake, claiming she’s the voice on the other end of the phone and wants co-writer royalties for her contribution.
Lee filed the lawsuit in California federal court on Thursday (February 2), claiming she and the hip-hop star ( Drake ) had a romantic and business partnership between early-2010 and mid-2011, during which they discussed joint creative projects, and even traded poems and song lyrics.
In court doc, as reported by THR, the woman alleged that she and Drizzy Drake agreed to work together on “Marvin’s Room” and split the proceeds. Lee says she recorded the song’s “hook” as well as the opening monologue that would serve as the thematic framework for the single about the rapper’s yearning for an ex-girlfriend and how his fame interfered with his love life.
Lee even cites text messages from Rapper Drake, which she claims acknowledges her contributions in text messages sent to her. One reads: “U basically made that song.” And said: “It’s sh** without you.”
She was credited as a “vocalist” on the song as “Syren Lyric Muse,” and reportedly offered her 2% of the “publishing royalties” in a text message.
In November, Lee alleges that he made threatening phone calls to her, offering her “4-5%” of publishing monies plus a $50,000 payout to go away. Instead, she filed a lawsuit demanding she be credited as a co-writer, and is seeking damages and disgorgement of profits on allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment.
Drake continues to tour, and also hopes to hit the studio again soon. Drake 2012 shall be a big year. Drake still rides with young money and crew.