According to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE and first reported by The Blast, Jamaican
May alleges Cyrus’s lyrics “We run things / Things don’t run we” were taken from his lyrics “We run things / Things no run we,” and adds that the former Voice coach’s track “substantially incorporated” his “vocal melody/rhythm/cadence/inflection.”
A rep for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
Though the lawsuit doesn’t specify how much May is suing Cyrus and her co-writers, including Mike Will Made It, May’s lawyers told Reuters the performer is seeking $300 million in damages.
“May was the first to construct such a sequence using the phrase “‘We run things. Things no run we’ and was the first musical artist to convey this unique, creative and original lyrical phrase/sequence into musical arrangement,” May’s lawyers argue in the documents.
The suit also points towards Cyrus’s change from an “‘All-American,’ wholesome musical and television character” on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana to an “edgy” artist with a “new approach to life and music,” and claims she used Caribbean music for inspiration.
May is also seeking a trial by jury and wants to prohibit Cyrus from profiting further from the song.