Okay now this I never saw coming! The Nigerian rapper, M.I Abaga, and his record label, Chocolate City, are suing American Hip-Hop legend, Nas, for allegedly delivering a sub-par verse.
In the lawsuit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court on 9 October 2017, Nas and his agent Ronnie Goodman are accused of duping Chocolate City after they had paid the rapper $50,000 upfront in 2013, for a verse that was for a proposed track called Man, which would have been on M.I’s album Chairman.
While Nas did deliver a verse for M.I. to use, the lawsuit contends that the verse in question did not have any of the subject matter or name drops the two artists had agreed it would have: “M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York, Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans.” and was not of the desired quality that indicated that this was a collaboration between Nas and M.I.
The Nigerian label requested that the Queens rapper re-record the verse but three years later, the re-recorded verse is non-existent, hence why Chocolate City is suing.
The label is asking for a refund of their $50,000, along with $1 million in damages relating to lost profits from being unable to market and sell the M.I./Nas collaboration, and punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
What do you think guys?