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Drake Is Getting Sued Over the ‘Marvin’s Room’ Voice Mail

When Vulture spoke with Drake back in November, he told us that the woman whose voice appears on "Marvin's Room" is a real ex-girlfriend of his. "No one knows who that is, but then there are people who know who that is, and it got weird for her." Based on the lawsuit filed by Ericka Lee, who claims to be the woman in question, it got really weird, though not because the voice mail was used without permission. Lee, who claims that she and Drake had a "romantic and business partnership between early-2010 and mid-2011," says that she was asked to record the spoken parts of "Marvin's Room" in exchange for a split of the proceeds. Lee started legal proceedings over the song in late 2011, at which point Drake reportedly offered her 2 percent of publishing royalties and started sending texts like, "What the fuck is your problem?" According to the filings, Lee is seeking damages and recognition as co-writer of "Marvin's Room." In conclusion, yes, Drake's breakups really are worse than everyone else's.