Jay-Z & Beyoncé sued by Jamaican artist, Dr. L’Antoinette Stines
Music power couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce have been sued over their song “Black Effect.” According to reports, the track leans heavily on a Jamaican artist, who claims she was never given proper credit or compensation … despite being the leading voice on the track.
Dr. L’Antoinette Stines says she’s renowned in Jamaica for “her artistry and wisdom” — and to that point, she says the Carters sought her ought in March 2018 to provide dancers for a video promoting their upcoming tour.
According to a lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court, Dr. Stines claims she hooked ’em up with dancers, and then Jay-Z and Beyoncé wanted to record her views on love. She claims she was told the interview would be used in the video … “for promotional purposes” only.
The docs, obtained by TMZ, she says she was shocked when she heard “Black Effect” — from The Carters‘ “Everything Is Love” album — because the whole first minute of the track is just her voice.
Hearing herself on the song — uncredited, mind you — left Dr. Stines feeling “artistically raped” … according to her lawsuit.
The doc claims a contract for her services was only thrust in front of her on the day of the shoot, and she alleges the Carters’ reps told her not to worry … after all, her interview would only be used for promotion.
So, she signed, but she’s pissed she never got a chance to have it reviewed by her own lawyer — and worst of all, claims she hasn’t been paid a dime for her vocal work.
Dr. Stines is suing Jay and Bey for copyright infringement and violation of her right to publicity … PLUS damages, of course. She also wants a writing credit, and everything that comes with that … meaning, cash money.