Kanye West Pisses On Grammy, Tweets Out Record Label Contracts

Kanye West has continued to slam major recording companies in a series of new tweets. They arrive after the rapper called the music industry “modern day slave ships” and compared himself to Moses earlier this week, saying he wouldn’t release any more new music until his contract with Sony and Universal had ended.

Now, he’s posted dozens of screenshots of what appear to be recording contracts, asking “every lawyer in the world” to take a look at them. Yeezy also shared a video that seemingly shows him pissing on a Grammy award.

“90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty,” the rapper tweeted. “A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the “distribution fees” many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying.”

West’s tweets follow the musician expressing a desire to get his master recordings to his children, telling Universal and Vivendi – the parent companies to his label G.O.O.D. Music along with Def Jam Recordings – that he plans to do “everything in [his] legal power and use [his] voice until all artist contracts are changed.”

West’s former collaborator Hit-Boy shared a screenshot of West’s tweet about “modern day slave ships”, on Instagram, throwing his support behind West despite admitting he wasn’t a fan of the rapper on a “personal level” because the rapper stopped picking his beats because he began producing music for Beyoncé.

West responded to Hit-Boy’s Instagram in a follow-up tweet.

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I haven’t been a fan of Kanye on a personal/ human level since he told me face to face he stopped picking my beats because I worked with Beyoncé. this is after I produced niggas in paris , clique, and a myriad of other songs / projects for him and his label GOOD Music in the 2 years I was signed with them. This tweet is something I can agree with though. @umpg has held me in what the last 3 lawyers Ive hired have referred to as the “worst publishing contact they’ve ever seen” since I was 19 years old. Im 33 now and have multiple Grammys, produced a lot of your favorite artists biggest songs on top of turning in over 450+ records since I first signed and @umpg still doesnt have it in them to simply be fair. If they’re doing this to me with all I’ve accomplished through hard work I can only imagine the kids who don’t have big placements/ proper guidance. If I have to be the one to get blackballed for telling the truth and trying to set the next generation free then so be it. Btw I produced 10+ joints on the CURRENT number one album in the country D2. @umpg @polowdadon @jodyagerson @iamwalterjones and the company who’s helping me on the management side @rocnation let’s fix this. Slave deals are still very real /rampant in 2020. @universalmusicgroup

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Kanye also called for support from fellow musicians like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bono and “even” Taylor Swift – who, as you may recall, had her own battle with her former record label regarding the ownership of her masters last year.

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