Two Atlanta producers, Don Lee and Glen Keith DeMeritt III, claim that “Rodeo” is “substantially similar” to their recording “gwenXdonlee4-142.” That recording was later incorporated into the 2017 track “Broad Day” by PuertoReefa and Sakrite Duexe, which the producers state was “performed, published, and distributed widely, including without limitation in and around the Atlanta hip-hop scene.”
Lee and DeMiritt say Cardi and X “did not receive permission from Plaintiffs to interpolate, sample, use, or copy the Work,” and that they “created an unauthorized copy and/or derivative work from Plaintiffs’ original material.”
They argue that “Broad Day” and “Rodeo” are built from the same chord progression — E, F, G, F, E — and contain similar instruments.
Updates to follow. Listen to the track below.