By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
“I’m just saying, you can do better,” seems to have rubbed someone the wrong way on Drake’s emo number “Marvin’s Room.” Now Ericka Lee, who cites herself as the rapper’s ex-girlfriend, is saying that her voice was used in the song and she is suing for compensation, co-writing royalties as well as damages. According to Billboard, Lee filed the lawsuit on Thursday (Feb. 2) in a California federal court claiming she had a romantic and business partnership with Drake between 2010 and 2011 and during that time, they openly discussed collaborative projects and song lyrics.
Last year, Drake allegedly agreed to work with Lee on “Marvin’s Room” and evenly divide the proceeds. Lee says she was asked to record the song’s hook and opening dialogue and her lawyers argue, “Plaintiff’s contribution is highly significant to the overall work.” Drake purportedly acknowledged these contributions via text messages such as “U basically made that song” and “It’s s–t without you.”
In other Drake news, the Toronto rapper has broken the record for most number one songs on the Billboard Rap Songs chart on the heels of his 11th hit “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj. This bests a previous tie the Canadian rapper held with Diddy. Billboard reports, “When it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ever had”.
Here’s a rundown of Drake’s chartbusters:
“Best I Ever Had” (15), 2009
“Forever” (one) (featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem), 2009
“Say Something” (four) (Timbaland featuring Drake), 2010
“Over” (four), 2010
“Fancy” (one) (featuring T.I. & Swizz Beatz), 2010
“Right Above It” (five) (Lil Wayne featuring Drake), 2010
“Aston Martin Music” (three) (Rick Ross featuring Drake & Chrisette Michele), 2010
“Moment 4 Life” (nine) (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake), 2011
“I’m on One” (13) (DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne), 2011
“Headlines” (seven), 2011
“Make Me Proud” (one, to-date) (featuring Nicki Minaj), 2012