5:09 PM PT: Sources close to Fat Joe tell us they believe Fly Havana signed a release on the music, and Joe is adamant he did not steal anything.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Florida rapper, Fly Havana, filed a federal lawsuit in New York claiming he created the hit in 2015.
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Laying down the beats in just five hours, Havana claims his “unfinished version” of the track is “identical to the released version,” noting similarities in musical composition, lyrical composition, vocal melody, rhythmic flow and sound recording.
Havana says his co-producer, Infared, was friendly with Fat Joe and introduced him to the song before alleging Joe went silent after hearing the track. Havana claims he never heard back from Infared, and was shocked when Fat Joe released the song in 2016 with French Montana and Remy Ma.
The song peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.
Havana now accuses Joe of promising payment and giving him the run around, and even claims Joe “threatened” him to keep quiet about the true origin of the song.
Havana claims he later did meet up with Joe and was given a check for $5,000, with alleged promises of more to come, but that never happened. Havana is now suing Joe, French and Remy, demanding his share of the profits.