Kanye West has shown his dissatisfaction with the record business practices by the music companies. He has taken shots at Sony and Universal Music on social media because they apparently will not sell him his masters although he has the money to buy them.
Kanye already owns some of his masters but, apparently, the rights to his first six albums were sold by Jay-Z, who sold them to buy back his own. According to a dissection of his contracts, Ye’s first six albums were under the Roc-A-Fella imprint, which Jay-Z owns. His contract states that he signed for an advance on his six albums, which include College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, and more, but that the masters belonged to Roc. When Def Jam purchased Roc-A-Fella in 2004, Def Jam then became the owner of some of Kanye’s most prized works.
Jay-Z’s deal with Def Jam was made to secure his own master recordings, which means that, in effect, he sold the majority of Kanye’s solo discography just for his own profit. He reportedly did so with the understanding that, in the future, Def Jam likely would not make a deal with Kanye to sell them back.
Kanye West jumped on social media to defend his “big bro”, Jay-Z, due to the legendary hip hop artist getting negative feedback from the topic at hand. Check out what he had to say below!
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