Moroccan Producer Sues French Montana For Allegedly Stealing “Lockjaw” Beat
Moroccan producer, Assil Youssef, says French Montana stole his “Lockjaw” beat.
French Montana finds himself at the center of a lawsuit. Moroccan producer, Assil Youssef, also known as Yo Asel, is suing French Montana for copyright infringement. In 2015, Yo Asel, who is a popular producer in North Africa, says he reached out to Montana via email and sent him some beats.
Asel says he specifically contacted Montana because he thought of the fellow Moroccan native as a “role model of a successful artist from his own country.” Surprisingly, four days later, Montana replied back, asking Asel to send more beats. At that point, Asel believed that the “Unforgettable” rapper was going to help him get his feet wet in the music industry.
In May 2016, Asel heard a modified version of his beat, which was used for Montana’s Kodak Black-assisted song, “Lockjaw.” Asel says he was “shocked to learn that the instrumental track he had sent to French Montana months earlier was modified slightly and used – without (his) consent – as the beat for ‘Lockjaw.’”
Asel’s attorney, Peter Scoolidge, stated, “Our claim is that Asel wrote the instrumentals for a very successful platinum single by French Montana.”
Yo Asel is seeking unspecified damages.
Lockjaw has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), selling over 1,000,000 copies.