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Travis Scott Sued in France Over ‘La Flame’ Centaur Album Art

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Travis Scott
Sued in France …
Le Centaur is Mine, Monsieur!!!

1/12/2022 12:40 AM PT

Travis Scott‘s album cover from years ago is landing him in hot water in France … where one artist is definitely not saying “c’est la vie” over what he claims is outright theft of his art.

A man named Mickaël Mehala — who also goes by Black Childish — is suing Travis in his home country, where he alleges the rapper jacked his original artwork for the album “Travis La Flame” … an official compilation project which includes a lot of songs from his mixtape “Days Before Rodeo,” among others.

The album cover is well known among TS stans … and has even been featured on Travis’ YouTube page and Tidal page at one point or another. That’s a problem for Mehala, who claims he actually created this piece himself in 2015 and sent it to Trav via Instagram DM in 2016 — the same year ‘La Flame’ dropped — so he could see it and share it with fans.

Mehala says he never heard back from Travis, but lo and behold … he saw his centaur art featured front and center when ‘La Flame’ rolled out, which was big news at the time.

In the French legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Mehala claims he formally registered a copyright for the art in February 2019. He also says he was blowing up Travis and his management team about the issue, and finally heard back from one of his attorneys in the summer of 2019.

He claims the lawyer told him Travis was unaware of using art belonging to anyone in particular. While the lawsuit notes the centaur shot’s since been removed from multiple platforms carrying ‘La Flame’ … Mehala apparently still wants his day in court.

He also wants d’argent, or as Travis would say … money, and lots of it. Mehala’s suing for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sole control of his centaur going forward.

We’ve reached out to Travis’ team, but no word back yet.

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Black Girl Magic: Issa Rae and H.E.R. Lead The 53rd NAACP Image Awards Nominations

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Issa Rae and H.E.R. lead the pack in nods at The 53rd NAACP Image Awards.

Issa Rae, Regina King and Jennifer Hudson are the leading contenders for motion picture categories at this year’s NAACP Image Awards.

The nominees were announced Tuesday, and leading the list with 12 nominations each was Issa Rae’s HBO series “Insecure,” and the Netflix Black Western “The Harder They Fall.

Regina King co-stars in “The Harder They Fall,” and is also up for Entertainer of the Year. Jennifer Hudson is up for Entertainer of the Year as well, and her movie “Respect” has six nominations.

Singer-songwriter H.E.R. took the lead 6 nominations. Including being nominated for best female artist, best album for “Back of My Mind,” best R&B album, song of the year for “Fight For You” and more.

Following behind H.E.R. with four nominations each is Chlöe, Drake, Silk Sonic and Jazmine Sullivan.

This year’s list featured 83 categories for recordings, motion pictures, TV and streaming, documentaries, directing, podcasts, literary, and writing.

See the full list of nominations here.

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by Anthony Anderson on Saturday, February 26th at 8 p.m. ET/PT live on BET.

The NAACP will recognize winners in non-televised categories February 21-25, with those ceremonies to stream on NAACPImageAwards.net.

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Happy Birthday To The Roots’ Questlove!

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Happy Born day to Ahmir Khalib Thompson better known as ?uestlove a.k.a Questlove! Born in 1971, he turns a half century today. The OG is originally known as the drummer for the legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, but he has many roles.

On February 17, 2014, he became a part of the in-house band for The Tonight Show, and with The Roots he’s played the same role during the 969-episodes of  Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. 

Let’s not forget about the many artists he has produced such as Jay Z, Common, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, the late Amy Winehouse, John Legend, and old school R&B legend Al Green. The list goes on with all the production teams he has been a part of, including Hip Hop pioneers like The Soulsonics and The Grand Wizards.

The influence of this multi-faceted musician has reached far beyond most in his lifetime thus far, and he’s nearly only half way thru. Happy Birthday Questlove and many more to come!

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[WATCH] Fat Joe: Jay-Z’s “Feelin’ It” Has The “Hardest Lyric In Hip Hop”

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In an exclusive interview on the I Am Athlete podcast, Bronx rap legend Fat Joe and the hosts of the show discuss the importance of having a strong support system in order to achieve success. Joe uses a bar from Jay-Z’s “Feelin’ It”, a hit song from his Reasonable Doubt debut, to prove that exact point, rapping, “If every n***a in your clique is rich, your clique is rugged/Nobody will fall ‘cause everyone will be each other’s crutches…”

The TS general adds, “Everybody wanna be the man. Everybody wanna be the guy everybody looks up to. There’s no real strength in that. The strength is in everybody eating, so that if one of us falls, we can lift him up. You have to understand that mentality.”

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