24-year-old rapper Ice Spice and her producer are now the subjects of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by artist D.Chamberz.
The lawsuit alleges that Ice Spice’s hit song “In Ha Mood” unlawfully borrows from D.Chamberz’s track “In That Mood,” released in January 2022.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, D.Chamberz asserts that Ice Spice’s recording reproduces elements such as the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metrical placement, and narrative context from his own song, which predates Ice Spice’s release by a year.
The rapper suggests that the producer, Riot, might have come across “In That Mood” through live performances in New York City venues near Ice and Riot’s residence.
Additionally, D.Chamberz claims that the song received airplay on Hot 97, a New York City radio station, potentially bringing it to Riot’s attention, with social media evidence supporting these assertions.
Despite the legal dispute, Ice Spice’s “In Ha Mood” achieved gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in May 2023 and has garnered significant attention with nearly 46 million views on YouTube and over 168 million streams on Spotify.
In response to the lawsuit, the plaintiff seeks at least half of the song’s publishing rights, other revenues, and damages.
Meanwhile, Ice Spice is gearing up for a notable appearance at the 2024 Coachella festival in April, with her debut studio album anticipated to be released later this year. In an interview, Ice Spice expressed her commitment to preserving her roots in the drill music scene, aiming to elevate the genre to new heights amid the current musical landscape.