Nicki Minaj & Mike Will Made-It Facing Lawsuit Over ‘I Lied’ Beat
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Nicki Minaj and Mike WiLL Made-It are facing a lawsuit over their 2014 track “I Lied” from the album Pinkprint. The lawsuit has been filed by a producer who claims that the duo stole his beat.

TMZ reported on Monday (June 26) that Atlanta-based producer Julius Johnson claimed the song’s beat was almost exactly the same as one he’d produced years before “I Lied.” His lawsuit even makes a connection to how Mike WiLL or Nicki may have obtained his song.

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In September 2011, Johnson’s song “onmysleeve” was uploaded on YouTube. He claims the beat was on a hard drive that was stolen during a studio session when he was attending the Art Institute of Atlanta two years later. He adds that Mike WiLL and Nicki Minaj’s associates were at the school “around the same time” and he believes they somehow got their hands on the drive. 

He filed a lawsuit in an effort to get a share of the money they have already made from utilizing the music, as well as an order from the judge ordering them to stop using it or at least give him credit.

For Nicki’s side, a source close to her reportedly told the outlet, “Clearly Nicki is a lyricist, so the claim in terms of production will obviously have to be addressed by the applicable parties.”