Drake and 21 Savage are being sued by Vogue’s publisher over claims that the two rappers used the brand name to promote their new album Her Loss, which was released last week without permission.
The 16-track album, which has received mixed reviews is now facing some heat from designer brand Vogue regarding claims that Drake and 21 Savage used the brand’s trademarks to promote their album which were false representations of the company.
Condé Nast claims the rappers’ promo campaign was built “entirely” on the unauthorised use of Vogue trademarks and false representations. The publisher is seeking at least $4m in a complaint filed at Manhattan Federal Court.
Larry Stein, the lawyer representing Drake and 21 Savage, has not yet responded to BBC Newsbeat’s request for comment. Condé Nast claims the rappers falsely suggested having the “love and support” of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
It said the rappers created a counterfeit issue of Vogue which they distributed along with posters which mimicked the magazine. Their complaint says it resulted in “unmistakable” confusion, with Drake and 21 Savage being wrongly touted as “new cover stars”.
“All of this is false. And none of it has been authorised by Condé Nast,” the legal paperwork says. It added the rappers’ “flippant disregard” for the publisher’s rights “have left it with no choice but to commence this action”.
Since its release on 4 November, Her Loss has had mixed reviews and has also caused a stir after one track, Circo Loco, appeared to suggest singer Megan Thee Stallion had lied about being shot.
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