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Lawsuit Claims Fetty Wap Used ‘Trap Queen’ Beat Without Permission

Rapper Fetty Wap arrives at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas on September 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rapper Fetty Wap arrives at Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas on September 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

*Fetty Wap went quadruple platinum with his 2015 breakout hit “Trap Queen,” but according to TMZ, a new lawsuit contends that the song’s beat was used without permission.

In the court documents filed in U.S. district court in New York, Lazar Lakic claims that he purchased exclusive rights to the beat (then called “Hello”) from Tony Fadd on Feb. 9, 2014. (Listen to “Hello” here.) A month later, Lakic was shocked to hear the beat under Fetty’s “Trap Queen,” which was initially released in March of 2014, then re-released commercially by 300 Entertainment that December.

Lakic says Fadd contacted him in January 2015 in an attempt to buy back the rights to “Hello,” but Lakic declined. “Trap Queen” reached platinum status in May 2015, and has since been certified four times platinum by the RIAA, and Lakic says he never got a cut.

Fetty’s attorney, Navarro Gray, says his client legally purchased the beat from Fadd and has the contract to prove it. So if Lakic is awarded damages, Fetty says he’ll go after Fadd to cover it.

The Danish artist is suing Fetty, Fadd, BMG Rights Management, Goodfella4Life Ent. and 300 Entertainment for copyright infringement, seeking profits, damages, the destruction of all copies of “Trap Queen” and to stop its sales moving forward.

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