Beyonce is under fire for allegedly stealing lines without permission from murdered New Orleans rapper Messy Mya — whose real name was Anthony Barré – on her Gold certified Lemonade single, "Formation."
Barré's estate is now suing the expectant mommy for $20 million for lifting Barré’s voice and words from his protected works “A 27 Piece Huh?” and “Booking the Hoes from New Wildings,” the NY Daily News reports.
“They are the defining introduction of the song ‘Formation’ and the seed from which the entire song grows,” the suit states. “There should be no doubt that Anthony Barré’s unique, gravelly voice, cadence and words were sampled by defendants.”
The paperwork describes Barré as a highly recognizable New Orleans artist, DJ and YouTube star.
The estate claims to have reached out multiple times to Beyonce's camp, but was met with no response while Beyoncé and co. “have received many accolades and substantial profits from ‘Formation’ and the ‘Lemonade’ album and video … Mr. Barré’s estate has received nothing — no acknowledgment, no credit, no remuneration of any kind,” the lawsuit claims.