Rick Astley Is Suing Rapper ‘Yung Gravy’ For Copying His ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Voice

Someone’s getting Rick Rolled.

Up-and-coming rapper Yung Gravy is getting a legal Rick-rolling from King of Rick Rolls himself for blatantly ripping off the 80s legend’s voice on his track ‘Betty (Get Money)’.

Rick Astley filed legal documents this week claiming Gravy and his producers “conspired to include a deliberate and nearly indistinguishable imitation of Mr. Astley’s voice throughout the song.” He’s also suing Nick Seeley (aka Popnick), the vocal impersonator. Have a listen below:

Astley says he never gave Gravy, or anyone involved in ‘Betty (Get Money),’ permission to use or impersonate his voice.

Although, in fairness to Gravy, he did license the instrumental from Astley’s 80s hit – just not his voice.

Astley’s lawsuit also points to where Yung Gravy has shot himself in the foot in interviews by admitting he knew he was in murky territory for impersonating Rick,  including an interview with Billboard where he said he “basically remade” Rick’s voice, “because it makes it easier legally.” Whoops.

The funniest part of this situation is if they go to court they’re probably going submit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ as evidence, which means the entire courtroom will be Rick Rolled. Seems a pretty straightforward case though and while Gravy might think he was paying homage to Astley by impersonating him on the track, you simply can’t use another artist’s material without permission or a contract, and I guess that extends to doing an ‘impression’ of them too. Unlucky, Yung Gravy! Although not bad publicity, I suppose.

To watch ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ in remastered 4K with 60FPS, click HERE. Quality.


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