According to MTV News, if it were up to Danish musician Lazar Lakic, we would all be living in a Trap Queen-less world. Lakic is suing rapper Fetty Wap and producer Tony Fadd over their quadruple platinum and Grammy nominated hit song “Trap Queen” on grounds that he is the true owner of the track’s underlying beat. The crux of the suit is that Lakick originally purchased the exclusive rights to the song “Hello,” which was sampled in “Trap Queen,” from Fadd in 2014 but less than a year later, after “Trap Queen” became a rousing success, Fadd asked to re-purchase the rights to the song but Lakic refused. Lakic claims that he has yet to receive a cent of the song’s earnings despite being the true owner and is calling for the prohibition on the sale of the song and the destruction of all copies. However, Fetty Wap’s attorney, Navarro Gray, claims that Lakic’s suit lacks any and all merit as Fetty Wap legally purchased the song and has the documentation to prove it.
Loren Shokes (Class of 2017) is the Executive Editor of Online Content and the Online Interview Editor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law.