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Kanye West, Drake being sued over hit songs 'Stronger,' 'Best I Ever Had'
An obscure songwriter and Playboy filed lawsuits over copyrights
Two of hip-hop’s biggest names right now are being sued, separately, this week, for two different, recognizable hits.
In a California federal court document filed June 25, Playboy Enterprises alleges that Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” infringes on their copyright of “Fallin’ In Love,” a track by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, which the company owns.
“Best” was released as part of a Drake mixtape and then his 2009 EP “So Far Gone” via Cash Money/Universal, which were also named in the lawsuit. Compare the two tracks below.
Meanwhile, more than two years after its release as a single, Kanye West’s “Stronger” is the center of a lawsuit from Vincent “Vince P.” Peters, a Chicago songwriter and producer. Peters alleges that he played and gave a copy of his version of “Stronger” to West’s manager John Monopoly in November 2006; seven months later, the hip-hop superstar released his “Stronger,” a track that ultimately hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Peters’ version is currently unavailable online; he’s seeking undisclosed damages and a trial.