Tanya Sues Lil Kim for plagiarism, New York Post article says


lil_kim_2TanyaStevens,beenieMan,SeanPaul,Dancehallreggae,Rihanna.jpgA story published in the New York Post on Sunday disclosed that reggae star Tanya Stephens has sued rap diva Lil' Kim's for plagiarism.

The suit was filed in a suit filed in Manhattan federal court last week. According to the story, the suit alleges that L'il Kim flew Stephens to New York, asking her to sing on one of her albums and belting out by heart the very song she pilfered to show what a big fan she was of Stephens, according to the suit.

Stephens and her representatives from the Royalty Network were shocked when they first listened to Lil' Kim's late-2005 album, "The Naked Truth."

The writer of the article, Janon Fisher wrote that "the lyrics of Kim's track "Durty" match almost word for word with Stephens' song "Mi and Mi God" recorded in Jamaica and released in 1997, they say. Kim reached out to Stephens in 1999 and flew her up to have her sing on one of her albums. She gushed over Stephens when they met in the New York recording studio, telling her that she was a "big fan" and

that she owned several of the reggae artist's albums, the suit says. Kim even sang her favorite Stephens song, which she knew by heart. It was "Mi and Mi God," according to the lawsuit. Stephens then sang with Kim, but the vocals never made the album."

Lil' Kim's lawyer and agent did not respond to messages requesting comment, the article said.

The Brooklyn-born Kim, a k a Kimberly Jones, even sings the tune with a West Indian accent, the suit alleges. The lyrics are so duplicative that Stephens is claiming she should own the song and receive all past and future royalties.

To add insult to injury, Lil' Kim is one of Stephens' biggest fans, she claims in the complaint.

Kim's album, "The Naked Truth" shot to No. 3 on the hip-hop charts and rose to No. 6 on the Billboard chart. It was nominated for album of the year for the BET Awards.

This latest legal predicament comes after Kim was released from a federal prison in Philadelphia on July 3. She had served 10 months for lying to a grand jury about a shooting that erupted outside radio station Hot 97 in lower Manhattan when her posse clashed with rapper Foxy Brown's. She completed house arrest on Aug. 3.
SOURCE: New York Post