R. Kelly has a new legal matter on his hands, this time courtesy of his sometime collaborator Cam'ron. The rapper filed a federal lawsuit in New York on Monday claiming the R&B singer had taken sole credit for a song they did together.
In 2003, the two worked together on the "Snake" remix — with Cam writing part of the introduction and the entire third verse, according to his suit. But when Kelly's label released the video collection "R. Kelly: The R. in R&B," Cam's songwriting contribution wasn't noted in the copyright, with the rapper only listed in the liner notes as a featured performer. Cam'ron also claims the song has been exploited in other formats, such as ringtones, without his permission or authorization.
Though Cam previously told MTV News that he had beef with Kelly because he'd expected a trade for his work on the "Snake" remix — with Kelly returning the favor with a beat and a hook on his Purple Haze album (see "Cam'ron Jumping Off The R. Kelly Bandwagon") — Cam'ron's rep says that despite the lawsuit, the ill feelings have simmered down. She describes the pair as friends, and characterizes the suit as a business decision, nothing personal. Just two weeks ago, Cam'ron and Kelly led their respective teams — the Harlem Ballers and Chicago Ballers — in a charity basketball game during Dipset Weekend in Chicago.
"It's a very small dispute that seems to have gotten out of hand," Kelly's spokesperson Allan Mayer said of the suit. "We expect it to be resolved shortly."
Cam'ron seeks unspecified damages and attorney's fees and wants Kelly to account for "all gains, profits and advantages" derived from the marketing of the song.