Singer Sues Nipsey Hussle Estate Over ‘Hussle Motivate’

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Iconic singer Tasleema Yasin has threatened to sue the estate of Nipsey Hussle. As TMZ first reported, Yasin, has decided to a creditor’s claim in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming she’s owed a cut of the late rapper’s song “Hussle & Motivate.”

Yasin claims that she wrote a four-note vocal verse on the Victory Lap song and actually performed several key components of the track. In the court documents filed on September 5, Yasin tells that she paired up with Hussle on the track back in 2016, and claims that he never received her permission to release it on Victory Lap. She claimed that she deserves a cut as co-author under US copyright law.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Via the complaint:

“In November of 2016, I decided to collaborate with the late Ermias Joseph Asghedom on a musical track name “Hussle & Motivate.” I wrote and performed the key four-note vocal phrase featured in the song’s entire runtime, as well as a countermelody in my higher register featured importantly during the song’s chorus…

Asghedom had the obligation to credit and account to me for my rightful share of any monies earned by Asghedom in connection with ‘Hussle & Motivate.'”

Yasin has not yet decided what amount she is seeking for her work on “Hussle.” She’s asking Nipsey’s estate to do a fair accounting of the money earned on the song and give her the rightful share. Victory Lap ended up being Nipsey’s final album after the rapper was shot dead in front of his clothing store in Los Angeles.

Nipsey’s estate has not yet replied to the complaint officially. It remains to be seen if they will agree to her demands. The authenticity of her claims is yet to be verified. Guess, we will find if it’s a neat settlement or a long court drama!

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