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Jimmy Smith Estate Sues Rapper Drake

Suit alleges late organist’s recording used without permission

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

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.

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