According to Rolling Stone, Detroit artists Duawn “Go Hard Major” Payne and Harrell “H Matic” James claim that the song from Megan Thee Stallion’s 2020 album ‘Good News’ infringes on their 2012 song ‘Krazy’.
In legal documents seen by Pitchfork, the lawsuit claims that the title, chorus, wording, timing, melodic sequence, harmonic sequence, tonal sequence, use of reverb, and use of cadence in the Megan and Big Sean song are “nearly identical” to their song.
The lawsuit adds: “An average lay observer would recognise the Infringing Work as having been appropriated from the Copyrighted Work because of the striking similarity between the two compositions and the way in which they are performed…Indeed, the Infringing Work is so strikingly similar to the Copyrighted Work as to preclude the possibility of independent creation.”
Payne and James also claim that Big Sean frequented venues where the song was performed.
The lawsuit also alleges that Big Sean and Megan Thee Stallion were sent a cease and desist letter that “in good faith, sought to amicably resolve the issue.”
It went on: “Since being placed on notice of their infringing conduct, Defendants have continued their willful and reckless disregard of the exclusive copyrights belonging to Plaintiffs, forcing Plaintiffs to initiate this lawsuit.”
NME has reached out to representatives of Megan Thee Stallion and Big Sean for comment.
Megan is set to perform at the 4,921-capacity venue on Thursday, August 24. Tickets for the show are on sale now here.
Megan is set to close Reading’s Main Stage West on the Friday night (August 25) before appearing at Leeds on the Saturday (August 26). Glass Animals, Joy Crookes and Wallows are all set to play before her, while over on the Main Stage East Dave will headline after performances from Little Simz, Polo G and Griff.