Christian rapper Lecrae and a few associates have taken direct aim at pop star Katy Perry over a disputed track they claim was used without permission. #Served
According to reports, Perry is being accused of jacking elements from 2008’s “Joyful Noise.”
Four Christian hip-hop artists claim in court that Katy Perry ripped off their song for her mega-hit “Dark Horse,” which they say tarnished the original tune with images of “witchcraft, paganism” and “black magic.” Marcus Gray pka Flame, Lecrae Moore pka Lecrae, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu sued Katy Perry, Capitol Records, Jordan Houston pka Juicy J, and others in Federal Court on Tuesday. The plaintiffs claim the defendants used Lacrae’s song “Joyful Noise” without permission in Perry’s “Dark Horse.” (Court House News)
The plaintiffs also claim Perry’s song offended religious groups following its release last year.
The lawsuit, beyond charging Ms. Perry with copyright infringement, offers a religious criticism of “Dark Horse,” saying that “the devoutly religious message of ‘Joyful Noise’ has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse.'” The suit notes that the song – or, actually, an image used in its video clip – offended Muslims shortly after it was released in 2013. (NY Times)
Calling into New York radio station Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” Perry recently talked about working with rapper Juicy J on the track.
“I’ve worked with a lot of people that have done little pieces on songs and not that they have egos, but Juicy’s the kindest. He’s like the most kindest, empathetic, sweet, I don’t want to make him out to be softer than Drake. [laughs] I love Drake. He’s like my secret diary. … Can I go back to Drake? I really love Drake, so get off my D. No, listen, I just don’t understand why he ‘doesn’t’ stay at the Intercontinental.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Last year, Lecrae talked to SOHH about stepping his mixtape game up.
“You gotta know what you’re doing. You gotta make sure doing mixtapes is official for you. Mixtapes might not be good for everyone. I think mixtapes are good for me. I have a following, a consistent following, and kind of a niche audience but I think people hear my name and they have an idea but not a good understanding to what it’s about. The mixtape allowed me to be like, “Here, check it out. It’s free.” So it’s been official for me. I’m about the people, anyway. I want to give them something that they want and make it so they don’t have to pay for it if they don’t want to.” (SOHH)