Kanye West wants to be a free man and believes getting out of his longstanding musical obligations will give him the opportunity to finally enjoy a moment of “freedom.”
Mr. West had his legal team burning the midnight oil on Friday and filed a third lawsuit, following legal wars launched against Roc-A-Fella records and EMI.
The newest lawsuit, obtained by The Blast, focuses on Ye’s relationship with Bravado merchandising and Island Def Jam, and claims the companies have been exploiting “one of the world’s most iconic, multi-faceted, and productive talents.”
Kanye is officially seeking an order from a judge to make him “free and clear of obligations” owed to Island Def Jam, after having the hip-hop artist under contract for 17 years.
The strongly worded document explains, “Even if the contracts were not unfair (they are), even if their terms valued Mr. West’s contributions in line with the breathtaking success he has achieved for these companies (they do not) and even if the companies had not unpaid Mr. West what they owe him (they have), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds.”
The “Flashing Lights” rapper also makes it clear he wants back all his master recordings. The contracts have apparently been so constricting that Kanye’s legal team claims, “At no point since the commencement of Mr. West’s services under the recording agreement and extensions in 2002 has he enjoyed any ‘moment of freedom’ that is, any moment during which he was freed from his obligations under the contract and able to offer his services to anyone else, take a break from his recording career, or even retire from it altogether.”
They also claim Kanye is owed a “substantial amount” of money for his services but does not put a number on the value. However, they do claim Def Jam, “has unjustly earned millions of dollars by binding Mr. West’s recording talents to [Island Def Jam] for an unlawful term.”
Finally, the documents reveal Kanye has not handed over his 9th studio album just yet, titled “Yandhi.” Ye has teased the album with multiple drop dates, but it appears he may not want it swallowed up with his current contractual obligations.
As we reported, Kanye filed the two other lawsuits on Friday, and although those were heavily redacted, the crux of all Kanye’s legal action appears to be centered around him getting his master recordings back and getting “freedom” from everyone who had him under contract.