Drake Scores Payday with Music Publisher Days Before Court Trial

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By TheBlast Staff on December 2, 2018 at 8:36 PM EST

Drake has reached a settlement with a music publisher who he sued for using his face and name to promote their company, with the company agreeing to pay the rapper to end his legal battle against them.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Drake is dropping his entire case against Hebrew Hustle and its owner after the two sides reached an agreement on a settlement.

The documents state that Hebrew Hustle has "agreed to compensate Graham on confidential financial settlement terms for the False Endorsement and Right of Publicity claims and also to the entry of this consent order."

Per their agreement, an injunction was issued against Hebrew Hustle prohibiting them from ever using Drake’s name or image on their website. Each party will pay their own attorney bills.

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The case was headed to trial later this month and Drake was scheduled to take the stand to testify.

Back in 2014, Drake was sued by the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith and Hebrew Hustle. They accused him of using a sample of Smith’s on his track, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.”

Drake denied the allegations he ripped off the song and then he counter-sued the company Hebrew Hustle. He accused the company of using his face and name on their website to make it appear he worked with the company and endorsed their work.

The rapper accused the company of damaging his brand by using his face without permission and sued for unspecified damages.

The settlement notes that Hebrew has the right to still appeal the dismissal of their claims against Drake over the music sampling.

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