Thursday, March 4, 2021

French Montana Accused of Stealing the Beat for 2016 Hit ‘Lockjaw’

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French Montana (R) and Kodak Black in video for "Lockjaw"
French Montana (R) and Kodak Black in video for “Lockjaw”

*French Montana is being sued by one of his fans over the beat for his 2016 hit song “Lockjaw,” according to Page Six.

Assil Youssef, a Moroccan music producer who works under the stage name Yo Asel, claimed he sent his work “Sleep85” to French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, in late 2015.

According to the federal lawsuit filed in Manhattan, Youssef said he sent the work because he thought of the fellow Moroccan native as a “role model of a successful artist from his own country.”

“French responded to the email four days later with a message that said ‘Send more,” according to the Manhattan federal copyright lawsuit.

Youssef, in turn, was “excited at the prospect that his hard work would start paying off at such an early stage of his career.”

French Montana and Kodak Black, born, Dieuson Octave, released “Lockjaw” a few months later, in May 2016.

“(Youssef) was shocked to learn that the instrumental track he had sent to French Montana months earlier was modified slightly and used – without (his) consent – as the beat for Lockjaw,” the lawsuit states.

Youssef is seeking unspecified damages.

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