Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion Win Copyright Infringement Suit Against Them Over Lyrics To “WAP” & “Thot S**t”, Judge Rules “P***y So Wet” Is Not Original Nor Unique
Rappers Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion just beat a court case.
The musicians were reportedly sued over lyrics to their previous collab “WAP”, however, a judge recently decided the words aren’t “unique” enough to warrant infringement.
According to reports, both Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion were named in a lawsuit filed by fellow musician Denise Jones, who goes by the stage name Necey X. The suit reportedly alleged that the the pairs 2020 chart topper stole lyrics Jones wrote the prior year for a song titled ‘Grab Em By The P***y’. Jones reportedly argued that the rappers, real names Belcalis Almánzar-Cephus and Megan Pete respectively, stole the lyrical arrangements “p—- so wet” and “n—-s wild’n” from her. Additionally, she added that Megan Thee Stallion’s single “Thot S**t” also infringed on prior things she’s written.
However, a federal judge reportedly ruled that the lyrics were not original enough to be covered by copyright law. Legal affairs journalist Meghann Cuniff shared the court official’s transcript on the matter, which reads:
“The lyrics over which plaintiff asserts copyright protection are no more than common phrases, employed frequently in popular culture and other Hip-Hop songs,”
“The concept of using ‘p—- so wet’ as a rhetorical device in a song is neither original nor unique to plaintiff…Likewise, defendants have provided examples of at least three songs pre-dating [‘Grab Em’] which use some variation of the phrase ‘n—–s wild’n.’”
The case was dismissed on August 29th, leaving both Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion clear of owing anything for the records. Looking at the success of the single, it’s no surprise that someone who felt they had a valid argument would make a case against them. Upon dropping the instant hit, the musicians made hip hop history, becoming the first female rap collaborators to have a record go #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
Bother Cardi B & Megan celebrated the big moment at the time, with Cardi sharing a video and caption:
“Number f*****n one !!!!!NUMBER 1 !!!My 4th number 1 on billboard hot 100….I’m just so thankful I want to hug the LORD !! Thank you soo much @theestallion .I don’t even know how to thank you ,I wish I can give you a big a** hug !!! Thank you to my fans Megan fans,Thank you the world for listening .Im just soooo thankful I can’t even type it .Imma get like a bad b*tch and tell ya later.Love ya WAAAAAAAPP”
And Megan adding:
“Me and cardi just got off the phone screaming FIRST FEMALE RAP COLLABORATION IN HISTORY TO DEBUT AT NUMBER 1 God is so great THANK YALL !!! @iamcardib thank you for all your words of encouragement, thank you for all the laughs, & thank you for having me on the record #WAP”
The song also broke a record for having the most streams for a song’s opening week, as well as the highest sales week for a single in 2020. Neither Cardi nor Megan seem to have spoken about the recent court win at the time.
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