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Drake: I Did Not Promise 'Marvin's Room' Woman Money

Ericka Lee is suing the rapper over songwriting dispute

March 19, 2012 8:35 AM ET
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Drake has responded to a lawsuit from a woman claiming royalties for his hit song "Marvin's Room," saying that he doesn't think she is owed anything for her contribution to the song. According to the rapper's official legal papers, Ericka Lee – the woman whose voice can be heard as a voicemail recording on the track – "consented to the use of her voice in the song 'Marvin's Room' for no compensation."

Drake has also denied Lee's claims that the two had a romantic relationship and that he threatened her over her complaints about not being paid for the song. A representative for Drake responded to Lee's suit last month, saying it was "entirely without merit."

According to papers filed by Lee in Los Angeles in February, she and Drake had a romantic and business relationship between early 2010 and mid-2011. Lee claims the two traded poems and lyrics over the course of their relationship and discussed collaborative projects, including the song "Marvin's Room." According to Lee, she was originally intended to record a hook for the track and perform a monologue that would frame the lyrics. Lee is seeking a co-writing credit for the song as well as undisclosed damages.

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