Kanye West claims both companies owe him money.
Kanye West and Jay-Z's relationship these days is kind of complicated. Although they've both shared their issues with each, they've insisted they're still family throughout it all. Unfortunately, when money comes into play, family is usually secondary. According to TMZ, Kanye West is taking Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI Publishing to court over money he claims he's owed.
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Kanye West reportedly filed two lawsuits earlier today against his former label and EMI Publishing. Kanye claims he signed an exclusive deal with Roc-A-Fella. Although the suit is heavily redacted, he's demanding the money he's owed. He's also requesting the declaration of rights over a dispute he's having. His suit against EMI April Music simply claims they owe him over a music dispute.
The rapper claims he signed a contract with EMI in 2003, a year before his debut album College Dropout was released. He claims that by the end of 2011, he had written, both individually and with other writers, more than 200 track with the rights of those songs going to EMI. The lawsuit didn't specify which songs he was referring to, but the publication claims it's some of his most influential and successful tracks.
The suit documents are redacted, but it did reveal that Kanye's wants the judge to help him declare his rights under the contract which is likely for money.