Three songwriters are suing Travis Scott and others for copyright infringement over the No. 1 song "Highest in the Room." 😳
As reported by Billboard, Olivier Bassil, Benjamin Lasnier and Lukas Benjamin Leth say that a beat they made in 2019 called "Cartier" was sent to more than 100 artists, like Desiigner, and producers, including Jamie Lepr, aka Cash Passion, who's credited on "Highest."
"Cartier" featured a distinct guitar melody oddly similar to the one heard on "Highest," and Lepr was apparently talking to the plaintiffs at one point about potentially licensing their work.
Along with Scott, real name Jacques Webster, and Lepr, the suit also names contributors Oz (Ozan Yildirim), Nik D (Nik Dejan Frascona), Mike Dean and Sean Solymar.
It's worth noting that in an October interview with Complex, Nik D claimed that he "freestyled" the guitar melody himself for about a minute and recorded into his iPhone. Hmm.
The complaint accuses the defendants of “pretending to be interested in a collaboration," just to “intentionally [break] the rules by exploiting plaintiffs work without consent or a license, masquerading as if plaintiff’s music is their own.”
While a source told TMZ that the suit "has nothing to do with Travis directly," his Cactus Jack Records imprint, as well as Grand Hustle LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Papa George Music and These Are Songs of Pulse, are addressed in the complaint.
According to the songwriters' lawyer Richard Busch, "they never expected that this would end up in a lawsuit but felt they had no choice but to take this action under these circumstances.”
Bassil, Leth and Lasnier, who's also worked with Trippie Redd and Don Toliver, are hoping to be paid back in damages and royalties for "Highest in the Room," which they believe has generated at least $20 million.
Released in early October, "Highest in the Room" debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, marking Scott's second No. 1 single and first No. 1 debut.