Nipsey Hussle’s Estate Beats $5 Million Lawsuit

L.A.-based singer Tasleema Yasin claimed to be an uncredited co-author on the rapper’s track “Hussle & Motivate.”

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Nipsey Hussle’s Estate Beats $5 Million Lawsuit

Nipsey Hussle's estate previously faced a lawsuit from Los Angeles-based singer Tasleema Yasin. Moreover, she claimed to be an uncredited co-author on the late MC's single "Hussle & Motivate," and had collaborated with Nip on multiple occasions before his death. In said lawsuit, Yasin maintained that she wrote a "prominent vocal phrase" and worked on the Victory Lap cut's chorus and countermelody. However, legal documents obtained by AllHipHop indicate that a judge dismissed said $5 million suit. From what these suggest, Yasin failed to prosecute within a given timeframe and lost the opportunity to reach a settlement.

Furthermore, reports show that the singer sought an unspecified amount of cash at first, waiting on accounting details from Nipsey Hussle's label. According to these legal docs, the rapper's legal team offered an initial settlement of $100,000 to Yasin. In addition, they packaged in a ten percent share of the master royalties from "Hussle & Motivate" plus three other cuts. However, when she alleged they didn't honor these terms, she sought damages of $7.5 million and later offered to settle for $5 million.

Nipsey Hussle's Estate Beats "Hussle & Motivate" Lawsuit

After this development, the judge required Yasin to serve the summons and complaint via a court order. To elaborate, she had 90 days after she filed the complaint to properly prosecute Nipsey Hussle's team. Despite that precedent, Yasin reportedly failed to do so and did not respond to the order. As such, she could not show cause in writing by the April 4 deadline. Unfortunately for Yasin, the judge dismissed the case due to a lack of prosecution earlier this week, ending this legal battle for the rapper's family and estate.

While it proved to be an unfortunate and complicated situation, at least it's something that won't bother Nip's surviving colleagues any longer. Also, this comes just a couple of weeks after millions around the world remembered his tragic loss on the fourth anniversary of his death. His partner Lauren London shared some touching words on Instagram to commemorate the occasion and give life to Nipsey's legacy. For more on Nipsey Hussle and his incredible impact and influence long after he's gone, check back in with HNHH.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.