Kanye West sues Roc-A-Fella Records & EMI
Kanye West has filed two lawsuits Friday, one against Roc-A-Fella, claiming he signed an exclusive recording agreement with the company. The suit is heavily redacted, but he’s asking for a declaration of his rights over a dispute he’s having and he wants money.
Kanye also filed a lawsuit against EMI April Music, claiming they owe him over a music dispute.
According to PEOPLE magazine, the dispute between West and Roc-A-Fella is “regarding the parties’ rights and obligations to one another under the Recording Agreement and Extensions.”
West is asking for “a judicial declaration of their rights under the Recording Agreement and Extensions.”
The majority of the suit has been heavily redacted.
However, in the “allegations common to all cause of action” section, West speaks on his career since his musical debut in the 1990s.
West describes 2000 as being a “breakout year” as he produced Jay-Z’s album The Blueprint. He also states he co-wrote four of the songs.
In addition, the document lists a number of West’s accolades, including his 21 Grammy awards.
West’s suit against EMI is similar and also heavily redacted.
“There now exists a dispute between Plaintiffs desire a judicial declaration of their rights under the EMI Contract and Extensions,” the lawsuit states.
“A declaration of parties’ foregoing rights under the EMI Contract and Extensions is necessary and appropriate at this time so that Plaintiffs and Defendants can ascertain their rights and obligations to one another and void further disputes.”
The lawsuit did not state how much West is seeking.
A representative for Roc-A-Fella Records or EMI did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. A representative for Jay-Z did also did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
West and Jay-Z seemingly drifted apart around 2014 when Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé did not attend West and Kim Kardashian‘s wedding.
During an October 2016 concert, Kanye went on a rant about Jay and the fact that their daughters North and Blue Ivy, respectively, still haven’t had a playdate. “Our kids ain’t never even played together,” he said after addressing the possibility of a future Watch the Throne 2 album, which for the record, he says, won’t happen because of “TIDAL, Apple bulls—.”
Kanye also addressed his wife Kim’s horrific Paris robbery and Jay and Bey’s lack of reaching out during the difficult time. “Don’t call me, after the robbery, and say ‘how you feelin?’ ” Kanye vented to his concertgoers. “You wanna know how I’m feelin’? Come by the house.”
The pair’s rocky relationship hit its peak when Jay called out Kanye’s erratic behavior on “Kill JAY-Z,” a track off his 2017 studio album, 4:44: