Kanye West Sues Jay-Z’s Former Label Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI Over Unpaid Publishing Royalties

Kanye and Jay-Z: The Roc-A-Fella lawsuit was reportedly heavily redacted, but the suit against EMI April Music had more details

Kanye West has filed a lawsuit against the recording company that helped launch his career.

West, 41, filed two separate lawsuits on Friday, one against Jay-Z’s former label Roc-A-Fella Records and another against EMI, claiming he signed an exclusive recording agreement.

Roc-A-Fella was founded by Jay-Z, Damon Dash, and Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke in 1995, but in 2004 the three sold their remaining 50% stake of the company to it’s parent label, Island Def Jam.

A source has told DailyMail.com there is no dispute between Kanye and Jay-Z.

In the filing, Kanye is asking for a ‘declaration of rights over a dispute’ he’s having with Roc-A-Fella, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to TMZ.

The Roc-A-Fella lawsuit was reportedly heavily redacted, but the suit against EMI April Music had more details.

The suit alleges that West signed a contract with EMI in 2003, a year before his breakthrough hit album College Dropout.

Between 2003 and 2011, West reportedly wrote over 200 songs, either by himself or with other writers, and then gave those rights to EMI.

While the lawsuit doesn’t mention any specific songs, they are said to be among the most influential in his catalog.

The EMI lawsuit is also heavily redacted, although it does say there is some sort of dispute between West and EMI.

The rapper reportedly wants a judge to declare his rights under the contract, presumably for a substantial sum of money.

West has also hired one of the most powerful law firms in the country for this lawsuit, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

While filing these lawsuits on Friday, West was also hit with another lawsuit on Thursday.

A manufacturing firm is claiming the rapper owes them over $600K for fabric in the production of his shoes, Yeezys.

Toki Sen-I Co claims they made a deal with Yeezy Apparel to manufacture the fleece fabric for the Yeezys.

Yeezy ordered 53,500 yards at $10.81 a yard, with the total bill coming to $624K, plus storage fees that the company is also seeking.

West has yet to comment on this lawsuit, or his own lawsuits which he filed on Friday.

SOURCE: Daily Mail – Brian Gallagher

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