Drakes Going To Trial Over Music Sampling #JimmySmith
(The Blast) Drake will soon be telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in front of a jury of his peers. Back in 2014, Drake was sued by the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith and a music publishing company called Hebrew Hustle. They accused him of using a sample of Smith’s on his track, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.”
Earlier this week, Hebrew Hustle filed their witness list with the court and Drake’s name is featured as one of the main people they want to take the stand. The court documents note that Drake’s testimony will be live and not previously recorded, meaning he will be in front of a jury.
Drake has previously denied the allegations he ripped off the song and then he counter-sued Hebrew Hustle. He accused the company of using his face and name on their website to make it appear he worked with the company and endorsed their work.
The rapper accused the company of damaging his brand by using his face without permission and sued for unspecified damages. The case has been dragging on for years and the trial is scheduled to begin next month in New York.
Drake Fears His Wealth Could Turn Jury Against Him in Upcoming Trial
(The Blast) The rapper is asking the judge to prohibit any talk about how rich he is and does not want any evidence of his “financial condition or comparative wealth” to be mentioned in court. He says if this information were presented, it would unfairly prejudice the jury.
Drake fears Hebrew Hustle will try to turn the jury against him by questioning him about his wealth on the stand. Drake claims any talk about how rich he is compared to that of Hebrew Hustle would have nothing to do with the issues at hand.
He says the only purpose of talking about it would be to bias the jury against him and to create unjustified sympathy for them. Hebrew Hustle filed court docs seeking to ban expert testimony Drake planned on presenting regarding the value of his name and image.
The expert determined the use of Drake’s name on the website was valued at $1 million. He reached that decision based on comparable celebrities, including the Kardashians being paid $1 million to appear at a club, Alicia Keys’ $3 million deal with Gunthy-Renkers, Gwyneth Paltrow making $3 million on a makeup deal, and a Lebron James sponsored tweet going for $140,000.