Drake & Chris Brown Sued For Copyright Infringement Over “No Guidance”
No Guidance is officially 8x Platinum!! pic.twitter.com/35F7zal7RQ
— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) October 6, 2021
The suit was filed by singer Brandon Cooper and producer Timothy “Drum’n Skills” Valentine. They claim the song was a ripoff of their past collaboration, “I Love Your Dress” – using the song’s beat, hook, lyrics and structure of rhythms.
The lyrics in a verse of “No Guidance” are very similar to “I Love My Dress.” Specifically in that song, the lyrics “she got it; she got it” was repeated 16 times while “No Guidance” has the lyrics “you got it; you got it” was used 11 times.
The duo also said Brown and Drake made a reference to Cooper in the track. The lyrics “Flew the Coop,” they say, is a reference Cooper’s nickname. Cooper and Valentine are seeking monetary damages for the suit.
“No Guidance” was on the Billboard charts for 15 weeks last year, with more than 28.7 million streams. The song was Brown and Drake’s first collaboration in years after being involved in a public feud. It stemmed from Rihanna and Brown’s relationship, which ended after it became public that Brown was physically violent toward the singer.
Brown and Drake even got into a physical fight at a bar back in 2012.
Drake originally sided with Rihanna and in later years proclaimed his love for the Fenty enterprise founder. Fans speculated that the two were dating in 2018 but their relationship faltered.
Drake was hesitant to collaborating with Brown after their troubled history. He told Rap Radar in 2019 that when it came to Rihanna, “I think of her as family more thanks anything.”
Before Drake and Brown announced their new track the two poses for an Instagram picture together. Brown uploaded the picture with the caption, “Something’s coming.”
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