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Drake sued over use of jazz musician's lyrics

Drake has become the latest rapper to find himself at the center of a plagiarism lawsuit.

Drake sued over use of jazz musician's lyrics

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Drake performs at the Time Warner Cable Studios and Revolt Bring the Music Revolution event on February 1, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Time Warner Cable)
Drake performs at the Time Warner Cable Studios and Revolt Bring the Music Revolution event on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Time Warner Cable) Getty Images for Time Warner Cab

Drake has become the latest rapper to find himself at the center of a plagiarism lawsuit - the administrators of a dead jazz musician's estate have accused him of sampling a monologue from a 1982 song without permission.

Jimmy Smith's relatives claim Drake stole the lyrics from "Jimmy Smith Rap" for his "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2" track - and then suggested the sample had been properly licensed on the liner notes.

According to a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.com, Drake never got permission to use the 35-second monologue, recorded by Smith over 30 years ago. His estate administrators are suing Drake and Cash Money Records, among others, demanding more than $300,000.

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