Drake agrees to pay fellow rapper £58,000 over copied lyrics

Rapper settles out of court in case involving Rappin 4-Tay's 1994 track 'Playaz Club'

Drake is reported to have paid a six-figure fee to fellow Canadian rapper Rappin’ 4-Tay over lyrics he used on a guest appearance on YG’s ‘Who Do You Love?’

The YG track was first released earlier this year and sees Drake appear as a featured artist. In his verse, he raps lines very close to those recorded 20 years earlier on Rappin’ 4-Tay’s 1994 track ‘Playaz Club.’ Scroll down to hear both tracks now.

TMZ reports that Drake’s record label paid $100,000 (£58,000) in damages over the incident. Rappin’ 4-Tay never officially filed a lawsuit but was reported to be offended Drake didn’t give him credit on the song which, in turn, led to the big money pay-out. “4-Tay tells us he’s no longer offended,” TMZ reports.

Drake’s verse on ‘Who Do You Love?’ is as follows: “I got a shorty name Texas Syn / She got a buddy named Young JB and now you know the deal / We turnt up in the studio late night / That’s why the songs that you hear are comin’ real tight / OVO crew, nigga, thought I told you / If you a player in the game, this should hold you / And man, shout my nigga Game, he just rolled through / Eatin’ crab out in Malibu at Nobu / A lot of fools puttin’ salt in the game / Until these women get the notion that they runnin’ the game.”

While ‘Playaz Club,’ features the following lines. “I got a ho named Reel-to-Reel / She got a buddy named SP-12, now you know the deal / We gets freaky in the studio late night / That’s why the beats that you hear are coming real tight / Something to roll to, something to stroll to / If you’s a playa in the game, this will hold you / Mo’ money, mo’ money for the bank roll / Stick to the script, don’t slip in the ’94 / A lot of fools put salt in the game / To where these women get the notion that they running the game.”

The $100,000 pay out comes off the back of an eventful week for Drake which not only saw him reveal the name of his next album, but also pick up a nomination for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

A shortlist of 10 was whittled down from a 40-strong longlist ahead of the prize giving ceremony for the Canadian album award on September 22. Drake appears on the shortlist alongside previous nominees Arcade Fire as well as artists including Jessy Lanza, Mac DeMarco and Owen Pallett.