by Williametta Garnett
Paper Pop Smoke passed away in February. Since, his label dropped his highly anticipated album “Shoot for the stars, Aim for the Moon (the “Album”). A journalist named Victoria Inoyo has filed a lawsuit against Victor Victor Worldwide, the label Pop Smoke was signed to prior to his passing, as well as Universal Music Group, Republic Records and Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Inoyo says in the lawsuit that an interview she conducted with the drill rapper at Rolling Loud music festival in Los Angeles last year was used on the song "Tunnel Vision (Outro)" featuring on his album without her permission. As a result, she is seeking an excess of $1.5 million for copyright infringement, right of publicity and unjust enrichment.
The filing says that Inoyo used her own questions, which Pop Smoke answered on video, during the Dec. 14, 2019 interview that was recorded by her team. The lawsuit notes that she owns copyright for the interview, which consists of her own vocals and Pop Smoke's.
The court documents say that Inoyo was offered $1 to use her interview on Pop's album. Inoyo was interested in having her conversation with the rapper appear on his project, but she wanted to negotiate the terms and compensation.