Kanye West Sues Roc-A-Fella, EMI Over Masters and Publishing

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However, it looks like it wasn't meant to last since, according to new reports, Kanye West filed not one but two lawsuits against Jay Z's record companies Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI.

In the suit against Roc-A-Fella, obtained by TMZ, West claims he signed an exclusive recording agreement with the company and he is now asking for a declaration of his rights over a dispute. One of the few sections that has not been heavily redacted explains West's meteoric rise in the music industry, including his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint.

While many have assumed that suing his friend's company could cause a serious riff in their already rocky relationship, records show that Jay-Z sold his share back in 2004 and he no longer has any involvement with the company. "West what they owe him (they have), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds", reads a protion of the document.

Another simultaneous lawsuit takes aim at EMI Music Publishing, which has handled West's publishing rights since 2003.

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According to Rolling Stone, in non-redacted portions, Yeezy's legal team mentions "a dispute between the parties' rights and obligations to one another under the Recording Agreement and Extensions".

Ye said: 'I went to go buy my publishing from Sony/ATV, and they said it's $8 million, $9 million. "I have the money to buy my publishing, and they told me that I couldn't buy my publishing". "And when I went to buy it, they told me no, I couldn't buy my publishing... It's like the control".

West was certainly keen to "buy my publishing" from EMP - now fully owned by Sony Corp, and administered by Sony/ATV - in October, because he said as much in a video posted online that month. So Big Jon [Platt], Marty [Bandier]... whoever is involved... I need my publishing... It's like the control, like, I can't say what I want to say on SNL'. "I'm not Prince, I don't need to write it on my face".

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