Rapper Nicki Minaj has been sued for allegedly stealing the beat for her track “I Lied” from one other artist.
The rapper is being sued alongside mega-producer Mike Will Made It by Julius Johnson, who’s claiming that the music taking part in beneath the vocals on Nicki’s observe from “The Pinkprint” appears like a carbon copy of a track he created years earlier than she dropped “I Lied.”
Johnson claims he revealed his track known as “onmysleeve,” on YouTube in September 2011, 3 years earlier than “I Lied” got here out. He’s additionally claiming that he had the beat on a tough drive when he attended the Artwork Institute of Atlanta, however the laborious drive was taken from a studio session with out his consent in 2013.
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Johnson is alleging that associates of Nicki and Mike Will Made It have been on the Institute across the similar time and believes they one way or the other bought their arms on his lacking laborious drive.
When Nicki launched “I Lied” in December 2014 it clearly gained consideration and Johnson claims that when he lastly heard her track in 2022, he instantly acknowledged the similarity to his beat, insisting that apart from the lyrics, Nicki’s observe has mainly the identical underlying instrumentation and beat as his observe.
He’s going after Nicki and Mike Will Made It for the earnings they earned off his track and needs a decide to get them organized to cease utilizing it or at the very least give him credit score on “I Lied” for his contribution.
Insiders have nevertheless countered the declare as they identified that Nicki didn’t deal with the track’s manufacturing. They insisted that she wasn’t hands-on with the beat, including that it’s “clear Nicki is a lyricist, so the declare when it comes to manufacturing will clearly need to be addressed by the relevant events.”
Nicki Minaj is but to touch upon the lawsuit publicly.