Kanye West’s next project Yandhi had been both teased and delayed for months on end, and now thanks to new reports, we finally know why. According to The Blast, the reason for the lag is due to a label dispute. Shortly after Kanye filed a lawsuit against Roc-A-Fella Records, his legal team set its sights on Def Jam Recordings and EMI.
The documents reportedly take swipe at Bravado merchandising and Island Def Jam, and alleges both companies have been exploiting “one of the world’s most iconic, multi-faceted, and productive talents.”
Kanye, who has been with Def Jam for the past 17 years, is asking a judge to free him from the constraints that bind him.
“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 document read.
“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,” the doc stated.
“Def Jam has unjustly earned millions of dollars by binding Mr. West’s recording talents to [Island Def Jam] for an unlawful term.”
‘Ye reportedly doesn’t want Yandhi held up in any contractual obligations. So, he’s refusing to release it.