In this age of the mash-up and the sample, artists are constantly suing one another for copyright infringement. But here’s a new twist on that common refrain: Playboy has reportedly filed charges against Drake. It seems the naked-lady empire owns the 1975 track “Fallin’ in Love” by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, which they say the rapper illegally sampled on his song “Best I Ever Had.”
Perhaps even stranger than the story itself is where it first surfaced: MissTilaOMG.com, the site best known as the online home of Tila Tequila’s rantings about Lady Gaga and the Illuminati. Despite the fact that the blogger included scanned versions of the official documents, we weren’t even entirely convinced that the story was true until MTV confirmed it with Playboy’s lawyer. But before Hugh Hefner and Drake hash it out in a court of law, we’re sure the court of public opinion will want to weigh in. After the jump, listen to both “Fallin’ in Love” and “Best I Ever Had” and let us know what you think: Is Drake guilty?
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds — “Fallin’ in Love”
Drake — “Best I Ever Had”