Two musicians allege Ice Spice's 2022 song "In Ha Mood" is "strikingly similar" to their own
Ice Spice is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit over her 2023 hit single "In Ha Mood."
According to documents filed in the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday, the drill star, 24, has been accused of copying elements of Brooklyn rapper Duval “D.Chamberz” Chamberlain and Bronx-based sound engineer and producer Kenley “Kass the Producer” Carmenate's 2022 song “In That Mood.
The plaintiffs allege that Ice Spice and her producer Riot "copied" the "drill" style of the song, its title, hook, chorus lyrics and tempo without asking permission from the musicians or crediting them accordingly.
"The similarities between In That Mood and In Ha Mood, as described herein, are so strikingly similar that they cannot be purely coincidental," the lawsuit stated.
Chamberlain and Carmenate claim that "In Ha Mood" is "at least substantially similar" to their track in ways that "are not just incidental, but rather go the core of each work."
“The similarities between ‘In Ha Mood’ and [‘In That Mood’] — including the key phrase used in the chorus and repeated in a substantially similar manner numerous times throughout both songs — are such that it is simply not reasonable to believe that ‘In Ha Mood’ could have been created without having heard [‘In That Mood’] first,” the filing stated.
In the suit, Chamberlain and Carmenate claim they initially wrote and recorded the track on Aug. 8, 2021 and published it around Jan. 28, 2022 when it was released as a single and was meant to be used "in connection with licensing for an advertising campaign that never ran."
Chamberlain alleges he performed the track around three-dozen times, mostly in venues around New York City where the "Barbie World" singer resides.
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“Upon information and belief, Ice Spice, Riot, and/or members of their creative teams were present for certain public performances of 'In That Mood' during the relevant time period,” the lawsuit claimed. “Furthermore, Plaintiffs are well-known in the rap and hip-hop community and share a substantial number of undeniable connections with Defendants.”
The plaintiffs are requesting that damages be awarded at trial.
Representatives for Ice Spice have not yet responded to PEOPLE's requests for comment.
Ice Spice skyrocketed to fame when her song, “Munch (Feelin’ U),” went viral on TikTok in 2022. She ended up landing a series of high-profile collaborations, such as Nick Minaj on “Barbie World,” PinkPantheress on “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2” and Taylor Swift on her “Karma” remix. She even became a surprise guest on Swift's Eras tour.
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