Two producers from Atlanta have reportedly filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lil Nas X and Cardi B over their song “Rodeo.”
According to Pitchfork, producers Don Lee and Glen Keith DeMeritt III allege that “Rodeo,” Nas X’s 2019 collaborative effort with Cardi, is “substantially similar” to their recording “gwenXdonlee4-142.” The pair said that their instrumental was previously incorporated into a 2017 song “Broad Day” by Puerto Reefa and Sakrite Duexe, which was “performed, published, and distributed widely, including without limitation in and around the Atlanta hip hop scene.”
Lee and DeMeritt also noted in their lawsuit that both “Rodeo” and “Broad Day” utilize similar instruments and drumbeats. They claim that the rappers and their collaborators—namely producers Take a Daytrip (aka Denzel Baptiste and David Biral)—weren’t given permission to adapt their instrumental, therefore creating “an unauthorized copy and/or derivative work from Plaintiffs’ original material.” Sony Music Entertainment is also named in the lawsuit, Pitchfork reports.
“Rodeo” appears on Nas X’s debut EP, 7. Check out the two songs below and judge for yourself.
“Rodeo” by Lil Nas X, Cardi B:
“Broad Day” by Puetro Reefa, Sakrite Duexe: