M.I Abaga and Choc. City Filed a Case Against American Rapper, Nas.
The Nigerian rapper M.I Abaga and his record label Chocolate City have filed a case against American rapper Nasir Jones, popularly known as Nas for not keeping to his own end of a bargain of providing a verse to M.I after being paid.
The said lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court someday last week where the American rapper and his business partner, Roonie Goodman were accused of ripping off M.I after their agreement.
The recoed deal was made far back in 2013, where the Nigerian rapper had agreed with the “highly respected lyricist” according to the lawsuit that Nas would contribute a verse to a track M.I wanted to work with (Nas) on. And the reason for this collaboration according to the lawsuit is “because of Nas’ exceptional talent as a lyric writer.”
Now according to reports, this verse was delivered as agreed upon, but what did not work as agreed is the content of the verse which did not contain what the Nigerian rapper had agreed earlier on with Nas. This verse according to the lawsuit is supposed to contain words like “M.I, Chocolate City, Nigeria, Queens, New York – Nas’ hometown-, Mandela, Trayton Martin, and the struggles of Africans and African Americans”.
Chocolate City had requested that Nas records the verse but he never did so, even after collecting an upfront payment of $45,000 and an extra $5,000 given to his partner, Goodman who stood as an agent.
So since the collaboration was not a succesful one, the Nigerian rapper and his label Chocolate City Limited are demanding a refund of the $50,000 they paid the American rapper, and also a million dollars for damages of not being able to make a profit from a planned collaboration that never happened, punitive damages and with the attorney fee.
Reports have it that since the case was filed last week, Nas and his representatives have been un seen, thereby making it hard to hear their own part of the story.
See the filed documents below.