What goes into the making of a good Drake song? Lots of things. Confessional lyrics, for example, a good beat, and probably an ample supply of cardigan sweaters.
Oh, and in the case of “Marvin’s Room,” an ex-girlfriend’s voicemail message.
That ex is now revealing herself to be Ericka Lee, and she’s suing the rapper to a bid to get partial songwriting credit (read: royalties).
According to the suit, Drizzy and Lee were creative partners, often co-writing songs and poems. “Plaintiff’s contribution is highly significant to the overall work,” the official complaint, filed in California, reads. One contribution they view as significant is her voice; the suit alleges that Drake in fact gave Lee vocal credit in the form of “Syren Lyric Muse.” The audio is now registered by the parties in the U.S. Copyright Office.
The suit also claims that Drake sent Lee texts saying things like “U basically made that song” and “It’s s–t without you.” And in another one of these messages, Drake apparently said he’d give the ex 2% of the publishing royalties? Which sounds like a pretty weird thing to discuss via text, but Drake’s a weird dude, so who knows.
It’s a strange situation all around, and it’ll be interesting to see how it develops. Really, though, it was a long time coming; given how often the guy calls out his exes by name on his albums, you’d imagine at least a few of them would be pretty peeved.
Anyway, until all of this gets sorted out, give the track another listen to hear exactly what Lee’s demanding compensation for: