You know that voice on the other end of the line, in the drunk-dial-gone-wrong narrative of Drake’s Take Care standout “Marvin’s Room?” Well, allegedly, that other voice is Drake’s ex-girlfriend Ericka Lee, to whom Drake promised half the songs’ proceeds (according to Lee). But that didn’t happen, and now she’s suing. According to Billboard:
Lee reports that after the song was released, their relationship ended and got ugly fast. The two discussed meeting in Los Angeles, but it never happened. According to the complaint, Drake later sent a text message to Lee that offered her 2 percent of “publishing royalties.”
By November, Lee hired a lawyer, which allegedly caused Drake to make threatening phone calls. “What the f–k is your problem?” he said to her, according to the complaint, then offering her “4-5%” of publishing monies plus a $50,000 payout to go away.
As for Ericka and Drake, I’m just saying she could do better.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Drake stated:
This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct. Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song ‘Marvin’s Room’ prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as ‘Syren Lyric Muse,’ and she did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and he now looks forward to being vindicated in court.