A struggling Canadian rapper pleads with Kendrick Lamar and TDE to honor a legal agreement.
About 2 years ago, a Montreal based rapper Jonathan Emile scored big when he landed a feature from Kendrick Lamar on a track called “Heaven Help Dem.” When Jonathan tried sharing the track online, Kendrick’s label started blocking it all over the web making it had for anybody to find. Emile later took them to court and won his small claims case but says TDE is still trying to put a stop to it.
Emile later reached out to DJBooth to pen an open letter to Kendrick himself hoping they can come to a mutual agreement. The Letter reads,
“Last year, I hired a lawyer, weighed my options and then filed a small claims case against Universal Music Group. Finally, I got a court date and plead my case. The judge agreed that my moral rights, copyright and integrity as a person were violated. I won the case, not simply by default, not because your label, management and Top Dawg refused to show up, but because I plead my case and the court heard the facts and published judgment that referenced The Canadian Charter of human rights and freedoms.
Still, your label, through its lawyers, has refused to honor the court’s decision. They have continued the bullying and intimidation in an attempt to strong-arm me. They have since filed a retraction to stay the execution of the judgment. After the judgment was handed down, I was phoned by your legal team and I was asked to enter into a settlement agreement — of course, I cannot discuss any of these details. The bullying, intimidation and exploitation I have experienced by your team and by your label is not something I expected. A day after sharing the first version of this letter with select media outlets for consideration, I received a phone call from the court informing me that the application to revoke judgment was withdrawn.”