Nicki Minaj SUED by musician Julius Johnson who claims the rapper stole her beat and used it on his 2014 song I Lied
Nicki Minaj is facing a new lawsuit, where a musician claimed she stole her beat from her 2014 song I Lied.
The 40-year-old rapper (born Onika Tanya Maraj) was sued alongside music producer Mike Will Made It by musician Julius Johnson, according to TMZ.
Johnson claims the same beat used in I Lied, a track from his December 2014 album The Pinkprint, was a “carbon copy” of a beat he created for the 2011 song he posted on YouTube, called onmysleeve.
Johnson claims he got the beat on a computer hard drive in 2013 when he attended the Art Institute of Atlanta.
However, he also claims that the conduct was taken from him without his consent during a studio recording session, without his consent.
Trial: Nicki Minaj is facing a new trial, where a musician claimed she stole her beat from her 2014 song I Lied
Sued: The 40-year-old rapper (born Onika Tanya Maraj) was sued alongside music producer Mike Will Made It by musician Julius Johnson, according to TMZ
He also claims that Minaj and producer Mike Will Made It were at the Art Institute of Atlanta at the same time and somehow provided the reader with the beat.
While I Lied was released in 2014, Johnson claimed in his lawsuit that he didn’t hear it until 2022, stating in the lawsuit that he immediately recognized the beat.
Johnson acknowledges that the lyrics are clearly different from his track on my sleeve, though the pacing and instrumentation are virtually the same.
He sues Minaj and the producer for the profits they made from it, and seeks a judge to have Minaj stop using the song or give him credit for his contribution.
While a rep for Minaj had no comment, a source close to the rapper hinted that Minaj herself may not have chosen that beat.
“Clearly Nicki is a lyricist, so the production claim will obviously have to be dealt with by the parties involved,” the source said.
Still, it looks like Mike Will Made It was the “applicable part” that provided the beat for the track, though that’s yet to be confirmed.
The news comes just days after it was revealed that fans of Minaj’s rival rapper Cardi B are apparently behind a petition to remove Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty from their Hidden Hills home. .
At the same time: He also claims that Minaj and producer Mike Will Made It were at the Art Institute of Atlanta at the same time and somehow got the reader with the beat on it.
Acknowledged: While I Lied was released in 2014, Johnson claimed in his lawsuit that he didn’t hear it until 2022, saying in the lawsuit that he immediately recognized the beat
Minaj and Petty have bought a house in the exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood, although the residents have created a Change.org petition to have them removed, citing his status as a “level 3 sex offender, convicted of the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl.”
The petition also claims that Petty has “a high likelihood of recidivism” and “is currently under house arrest for not registering as a sex offender in California as required by law.”
“The Petty couple moving in would cause the assessed value of our homes to drop due to security concerns. This would lead to targeting children and women,” the petition added. “Don’t wait for a letter from the government saying a predator has set up shop near you.”
The petition was first started in December 2022, after the couple purchased a $19.5 million home in the same gated community as Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian.