Drake Denies Wrongdoing in “Marvin’s Room” Royalties Case

Yesterday (February 3), The Hollywood Reporter reported that Drake was in some hot water for his song “Marvin’s Room.” Ericka Lee, whose voice is used on the song, is suing Drizzy for her royalties. However, Drake’s camp insists that the claims are false.

“This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct,” a spokesperson for Drake told XXLMag.com. “Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song ‘Marvin’s Room’ prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as ‘Syren Lyric Muse,’ and she did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court.”

In the lawsuit, which was filed on February 2 in California, Lee claims that she and the rap star had both a business and romantic relationship, and feels that she was not properly compensated for her vocals, which she says were “highly significant to the overall work.”

Even before this suit, the two had already exchanged in some back and forth on the matter. According to the complaint, via text message, on two separate occasions, the Young Money rhymer offered Lee 2% of royalties for the song, and the followed up with an offer of 4-5%, plus $50,000. Lee also claims that he made threatening phone calls, at one point asking her, “What the fuck is your problem?”

The official “Marvin’s Room” video has nearly 40 million views on YouTube. The song, which Drake first posted online in the summer of 2011 and was later included on November’s Take Care, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. —Adam Fleischer

  • JoeR3M

    what a bitch… she shoulda took his offer, god knows its not going to come again

  • Me

    You Know… I’ve heard somewhere before that they don’t pay people… Hmmm…

  • http://www.twitter.com/ashtonmorris1 Ash Motow

    You would think after Kia Shine hustled the shit out of him these fool would learn smh

  • Drake

    Ima straight ‘sweet’ bitch that gets sprung and pussy whipped for every pussy that come round ma way and I make songs bout them! Example: Nicki, Rihanna. I hear Snooki want some so now I no who next :D. Hopefully this time I can keep maself from creamin ma panties before i hit second base :(

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    This dude stay looosing. She gonna get atleast what he initially offered if not more. This guy makes light skin brothers around the world look bad

  • Mia Ortes

    Stop hating. Drake’s amazing. So keep drinking that Hatorade. Pass it around. Peeps :)

  • Dani

    Agreed with Mia. He is pretty great. Why all the negativity, spread the love not the hate. And as for the Hatorade, just pour that crap down the drain :) Peace Out, peeps :)