Did Kanye West throw some low-key shade at Taylor Swift? Throughout his Twitter beef along with his document label, Ye hinted that his music is price greater than the $300 million Scooter Braun paid for Taylor’s masters.
“My youngsters gonna personal my masters,” Kanye West tweeted within the early hours of Sept. 15, hours after demanding to “see everyone’s contracts at Common [Music Group] and Sony.” It seems that Kanye, 43, wished to make good on that promise of utterly proudly owning the rights to his music. Kanye later shared a screenshot of a textual content dialog with somebody who mentioned the value tag on his discography, and it contained a slight dig at Taylor Swift. “[Regarding] masters possession, we are able to look into shopping for. But when Taylor’s price $300 million, yours would price much more, I assume.”
That was a bizarre flex, however okay. Kanye most likely didn’t imply to convey Taylor’s title into the dialog. Nonetheless, by sharing this textual content message, he subtly recommended that his discography is price greater than what Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings reportedly paid to amass Huge Machine Information and Taylor’s first six albums. This unnamed particular person additionally informed Ye that — like Taylor has mentioned she was going to do, it will be cheaper for him to “re-record these songs” as a result of then Ye “may personal these new masters outright.” When this particular person recommended Kanye forming a brand new “Yeezy Media/Common three way partnership,” Kanye mentioned he’s “not open to any type of enterprise with Common or Sony.”
It appears there’s a authorized storm brewing between Ye, Common Music Group (his document label), and EMI (his writer, who’s owned by Sony/ATV.) Ye tweeted-and-deleted on Monday evening (Sept. 14) that he’s “not placing no extra music out until I’m finished with my contract with Sony and Common.” He then tweeted, “Vivendi household I’m in Calabasas,” referencing the French media conglomerate that owns Common. All of Kanye’s output – from his information with Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, and on his personal GOOD imprint – is owned by Common.
“I must see everyone’s contracts at Common and Sony,” tweeted Kanye. “I’m not gonna watch my individuals be enslaved. I’m placing my life on the road for my individuals. The music trade and the NBA are modern-day slave ships. I’m the brand new Moses.” Throughout this Tweetstorm, Kanye additionally demanded a public apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Jay-Z.
Kanye sued EMI and Common in January 2019, based on Rolling Stone, as a approach to get out of the contract he signed with EMI when he was engaged on 2004’s The Faculty Dropout. Ye cited a California labor statute that limits private service contracts to seven years. He and EMI reportedly settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed quantity. In October 2018, Kanye posted a number of social media movies the place he claimed Sony/ATV shot down his makes an attempt to purchase again his publishing. “‘It’s $eight million [or] $9 million’ and once I went to purchase it, they informed me ‘No,’ I couldn’t purchase my publishing,” he mentioned, per RS. “I’ve the cash to purchase [back] my publishing. And so they informed me that I couldn’t purchase my publishing… It’s just like the management.”