Two little-known Detroit rappers are suing Megan Thee Stallion and Big Sean over allegations that the hip-hop superstars ripped off a 2012 song called “Krazy” with their 2020 collaboration “Go Crazy.”
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, Duawn “Go Hard Major” Payne and Harrell “H Matic” James claim that Megan’s song sounds so much like their previous track that there’s no way it was created independently.
“An average lay observer would recognize the infringing work as having been appropriated from [“Krazy”] because of the striking similarity between the two compositions and the manner in which they are performed,” wrote Payne and James.
“Go Crazy”, released on Stallion’s 2020 debut album Good News, did not chart as a single, but the album spent 75 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 2 in December 2020. The song featured both Big Sean and 2 Chainz, although the latter did not was mentioned in Monday’s filing.
In their complaint, Payne and James claim that various aspects of “Krazy” and “Go Crazy” are “almost identical,” including the wording of the chorus, melodic and harmonic sequences, and the use of cadence.
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Lawyers for Payne and James made a point to say that their song was also widely distributed, meaning that Stallion (real name Megan Pete) or Big Sean (real name Sean Anderson) had enough “access” to the song that they was able to copy it is a key requirement in any copyright infringement lawsuit.
The song wasn’t released by a label, but Payne and James say they distributed it heavily in Detroit, and it topped the local Detroit charts on the ReverbNation platform — a key indicator since Big Sean started in the Motor City.
“Anderson and Plaintiffs resided in West Detroit where the copyrighted work was publicly performed by Plaintiffs at West Detroit hip hop clubs and bars frequented by Anderson,” the couple wrote. “The sale of thousands of physical CD copies of the copyrighted work on the streets of West Detroit and the parking lots of West Detroit hip-hop clubs Anderson frequents provides additional access.”
Reps for both Stallion and Big Sean did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
In addition to the two superstars, the lawsuit also named 300 Entertainment, 1501 Certified Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing as defendants.