Nigerian rapper, M.I Abaga and his record label, Chocolate City Limited have filed a case against American rapper, Nasir Jones, popularly known as Nas for not keeping to his own end of a bargain of providing a verse to M.I after being paid by Chocolate City.
The lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court last week where the American rapper and his business partner, Roonie Goodman were accused of ripping off M.I after their agreement.
This deal was made back in 2013 where the Nigerian rapper had agreed with the “highly respected lyricist” according to the lawsuit that Nas would contribute a verse to a track M.I wanted to work with (Nas) on. The reason for this collaboration according to the lawsuit is “because of Nas’ exceptional talent as a lyric writer.”
According to report, this verse was delivered as agreed upon, but what did not work as agreed is the content of the verse which did not contain what the Nigerian rapper had agreed on with Nas. This verse according to the lawsuit is supposed to contain “M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York – Nas’ hometown-, Mandela, Trayton Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans”. Chocolate City had requested that Nas records the verse but he never did as agreed after collecting an upfront payment of $45,000 and an extra $5,000 given to his partner, Goodman who represented Nas as an agent.
With this collaboration never coming to fruition, the Nigerian rapper and his label, Chocolate City Limited are demanding a refund of the $50,000 they paid the American rapper plus a million dollars for damages of not being able to make a profit from a planned collaboration that never happened, punitive damages and attorney fee.
Since the case was filed, Nas and his representatives have been reportedly unreachable for comments.
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