West filed two lawsuits on Friday, one of which is against Roc-A-Fella, claiming he signed an exclusive recording agreement with the company.
The suit alleges that West signed a contract with EMI in 2003, a year before his breakthrough hit album College Dropout.
Following through on a rant he made a year ago regarding the ownership of the masters from early in his career, Kanye West has filed a lawsuit against his pal Jay-Z's former label Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def Jam Records, and EMI Publishing.
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A source close to Kanye specifically said that there's no beef with Jay-Z with the filing of the new docs as Jay-Z had sold his share in Roc-A-Fella back in 2004 and no longer has any involvement with the company. The suit also mentions songs he produced for Jay-Z's 2001 LP "The Blueprint".
Between 2003 and 2011, West reportedly wrote over 200 songs, either by himself or with other writers, and then gave those rights to EMI. Now he's asking a judge to intervene and help him collect royalties. During an Instagram Live session in October 2018, he revealed that he had agreed to pay Sony/ATV - EMI's parent company - between $8 and $9 million for ownership of his publishing. "There now exists a dispute between Plaintiffs and Defendant EMI regarding the parties' rights and obligations to one another under the EMI Contract and Extensions", says one part of the lawsuit. "I have the money to buy my publishing, and they told me that I couldn't buy my publishing". "And they told me that I couldn't buy my publishing...."
Kanye West is following through on earlier threats to regain control of his earlier masters and his music publishing. So Big Jon [Platt], Marty [Bandier]... whoever is involved... I got the money.