The Los Angeles Rapper Kanye West, has apparently filed a lawsuit against his former friend Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI Publishing over unpaid distributing eminences.
West said he had tried to buy his publishing catalog from Sony/ATV Music who have dealt with West’s song rights since 2003 declined.
The rapper filed two claims against Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI April Music, claims that he signed an exclusive recording agreement with the company and is seeking monies owed from the label.
Kanye also claims that he’d written over 200 songs by the end of 2011 and that he gave those songs to EMI before they had a dispute. He’s asking a judge to declare him his rights back to him, presumably to collect royalties.
In his second claim with EMI Publishing, Kanye claims that in 2003, that in 2003, before his debut album College Dropout was released in 2004, he signed a contract with them that would allow him to produce songs for other artists.
The lawsuits, filed on Friday in Los Angeles SuperiorCourt, are portrayed as “essentially redacted”,
It further reads: “There now exists a debate among Plaintiffs and Defendant EMI with respect to the group’ rights and commitments to each other under the EMI Contract and Extensions.” A similar statement is applied to his label agreements.