Jimmy Smith Estate Sues Rapper Drake
Suit alleges late organist’s recording used without permission
The estate of the late organist Jimmy Smith is suing the rapper Drake for allegedly using a spoken word rap without obtaining permission. According to an article in England’s Daily Mail, Drake used a 35-second monologue in his song “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” that was originally recorded by Smith in his1982 song “Jimmy Smith Rap.” The Smith estate seeks $300,000 in damages. The suit names Drake, Cash Money Records and others as defendants. Smith died in 2005.