Dead rapper's estate files $20M lawsuit against Beyonce over 'Formation'

Estate of "Messy Mya" claims Beyonce stole portions of his songs for her hit

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HOUSTON – A $20 million lawsuit filed by the estate of the Anthony “Messy Mya” Barre claims singer Beyonce stole portions of the late rapper’s songs for her hit “Formation.

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Forbes reports the suit claims the pop diva lifted from Mya’s "Booking the Hoes from New Wildings" and “A 27 Piece Huh,” using both the rapper’s voice and lyrics. Barre’s estate said in the suit that it has "received nothing … no acknowledgment, no credit no remuneration of any kind" and asserts that they attempted to reach out to Beyoncé and never heard back.

Barre, who lived in New Orleans, was murdered in 2010.

The suit is seeking royalties on “Formation,” as well as name Mya as a writer composer, producer and performer.

For more on the potential legal maneuverings of the Barre estate and Beyonce, go to the Forbes report.

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