Drake has been involved in a legal battle with the Hebrew Hustle Inc. publishing company. since 2014. The company initially sued Drake for using samples of words spoken by jazz artist Jimmy Smith at Nothing is the same track "Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2." A judge decided to support Drake last year, determining that the sample was used fairly.
Drake later denied, claiming that Hebrew Hustle used the name and image of Drake on his website without authorization, implying a line that had been removed since founder Stephen Hacker had worked with Drake professionally. The countersuit will be tried in a New York court on December 3. Hebrew Hustle has named Drake as a witness in the case; he will testify directly in front of the jury.
According to a new court filing, obtained by Pitchfork, Drake's team claimed that Hebrew Hustle used the name and image of Drake on its website without permission for "commercial profits." As a result, Drake and his lawyer requested compensation for "Value advertising from [Drake]Names and images (ie, money made by Hebrew Hustle from allegedly using Drake's images), as well as "mental pressure from offensive and irritating abuse of names and images. "
Explaining their claim of "mental stress," Drake's lawyer wrote, "The Hebrew name Hustle is very offensive, because it perpetuates stereotypes about people of Jewish heritage, such as [Drake]. [Drake] will never license the name and image of the Defendant, and the offense has been wrongly associated with them. "
Pitchfork has contacted a representative for Drake.