*Nicki Minaj is currently facing accusations that she appropriated someone else’s beats for the song “Starships.”
The claim comes from an artist named Clive Tanaka who filed a copyright infringement suit against Nicki in Chicago’s U.S. District court on Tuesday. The documents he filed state the Nicki and producer RedOne sampled a portion of his song “Neu Chicago” for “Starships” without his permission.
The lawsuit says the “Neu Chicago” has gotten a lot of U.S. airplay, heavy rotation online and was being used in a TV commercial in Sweden. The commercial use was reportedly around the time that RedOne may have been living there. As such, Clive’s attorney Chris Niro stated, “They had a very good opportunity to hear it,” Niro said.
Chris told The Chicago Tribune that Clive is getting ready to work on some new music and a film in South America.
“Argentina, from what I was told,” Christopher said. “He’s kind of a reclusive — he makes and produces music and that’s his goal.”
Nicki’s camp has yet to comment on the lawsuit or Clive’s claims that she and her team lifted his beats.
Last year, Clive posted a clip on SoundCloud that merged “Neu Chicago” and “Starships.” Listeners are able to hear Nicki’s track in the left headphone and his in the right.