Montreal Rapper Jonathan Emile Wins $8.6K In Lawsuit Against Kendrick Lamar’s Label Top Dawg Entertainment
According to Billboard, 30-year-old rapper Jonathan Emile, secured a feature from Kendrick Lamar for his 2015 song, “Heaven Help Dem,” from his
The Lover/Fighter Document. However any momentum gained from Lamar’s contribution was halted when the song was removed from YouTube, SoundCloud
and other online platforms for alleged copyright infringement.
Emile sued for damages, eventually winning a judgment in his favor for for $8,600 CAD (about $6,400 USD) plus five percent interest, according to figures
provided to Billboard by Emile’s management company, High Season Co.
“We paid Kendrick Lamar for a feature, and once we paid them, they basically stopped communicating with us altogether.
It was understood that we’d take care of the paperwork with the lawyers, so we paid them and they basically disappeared… we couldn’t get in contact,
so I just continued producing my album and with the verbal agreement we had, and we put out the song in 2015.
“After the song was put out, they placed a false copyright claim on the song itself and got it pulled from YouTube and SoundCloud and all that stuff.
So, after going back and forth with these companies, they realized that they were in error and that there was no copyright claim on the song, but the damage had already been done and the momentum to promote the song had already been [lost]. So on the advice of my lawyers, we took them to small claims —
to make a statement more than anything — and to show that what was done was not right and to clear my name, in terms of a lot of folks really did think that the verse was stolen and it’s not legitimate. We did what we had to do to get the judgment.”