Roc Nation Stole Samples For GloRilla & A$AP Ferg Songs, Producer Kerry D. Brown Claims

“F.N.F.” and “Plain Jane” were both mentioned in a lawsuit from the Houston-based creative.

BYHayley Hynes
Roc Nation Stole Samples For GloRilla & A$AP Ferg Songs, Producer Kerry D. Brown Claims

A source says the allegations are completely false as Roc Nation has no affiliation with GloRilla.

It's been several years since A$AP Ferg's "Plain Jane" was one of the biggest hits on the radio, but as AllHipHop reports, the song is now at the centre of a lawsuit against Jay-Z's Roc Nation. According to producer Kerry D. Brown, the renowned music label used his copyrighted beats on both that track, and more recently, on GloRilla's "F.N.F. (Let's Go)" last year. The Krushial K. Productions managing member claims he previously met with RN's vice president, Lenny Santiago in Houston in 2015, at which time the former gave the latter samples of his instrumentals in hopes of building a future working relationship.

Their meeting took place at The Hotel Derek's Dealmakers Conference, and Brown asserts that he never transferred the official rights to his music when sharing the samples. In the following years, the southern-born creative came to realize that two of his instrumentals – "You Don't Know Nothing About Me" and "AUDIOBOX Instrumentals" – were used without his permission on the aforementioned hits. In his lawsuit, Brown has chiefly named Roc Nation, Santiago, Sony Music Entertainment Digital, LLC and Blac Noize Recordings LLC.

Kerry D. Brown Calls Out Roc Nation Over "Plain Jane" & "F.N.F."

"Within 21 days after this summons on you (not counting the day you received it — or 60 days if you are the United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed R. Civ. P. 12 (a)(2) or (3)," documents previously obtained by AllHipHop read. "You must serve on the plaintiff an answer to the attached complaint or a motion under Rule 12 or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The answer or motion must be served on the plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney."

The producer made it clear that he didn't receive a Notice of Intent to Use or any paid royalties from any parties involved. With his legal actions, he's hoping to sue the label and others for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and paid attorney fees. Do you believe Kerry D. Brown's allegations against Roc Nation? Let us know in the comments, and tap back in later for more hip-hop news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.