New York, NY – Drake has reached a settlement in a dispute over a publishing company’s use of his likeness. The Blast reports Drizzy (real name Aubrey Graham) dropped his case against Hebrew Hustle after the company agreed to pay him an undisclosed amount.
Hebrew Hustle “agreed to compensate Graham on confidential financial settlement terms for the False Endorsement and Right of Publicity claims and also to the entry of this consent order,” according to documents obtained by The Blast.
Drake countersued Hebrew Hustle during a dispute over the sampling of jazz musician Jimmy Smith in his song “Pound Cake/Paris Mortion Music 2.” The OVO head honcho claimed the company was using his name and image on its website without his permission.
Last year, Drake won the original lawsuit when a judge ruled the sample to be fair use. Hebrew Hustle still maintains the right to appeal the ruling despite reaching a settlement in the countersuit.
[This post has been updated. The following was originally published by Cherise Johnson on November 30, 2018.]
Drizzy is now countersuing Hebrew Hustle for attaching themselves to his image.
In documents obtained by Complex on Wednesday (November 28), the OVO boss and his team are accusing Hebrew Hustle and owner Stephen Hacker of using his name and picture on their website without his consent.
The publishing company originally took Drake to court over sampling jazz musician Jimmy Smith on Nothing Was the Same‘s “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.”
Additionally, there was a line on the website claiming Hacker “played a heavy hand with his clients in the creation of hit songs for the likes of Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and others,” which has since been deleted.
According to the docs, “Graham was severely upset and appalled that Counterclaim Defendants would force Graham to defend against a baseless lawsuit Hacker set up while at the same time, willfully including Graham’s false endorsement on their Website.”
Drake also seems bothered by “the very name of Hebrew Hustle,” expressing that it is “offensive” to be associated with them. He’s now seeking damages from “mental distress” and “humiliation.”
Drake and Hebrew Hustle are expected to head to court before the end of the year. On November 9, he filed papers requesting the judge to ban mention of his networth during the trial.