Battle Over Rare Kanye West Masters Flares Up In Court

There's a long-running battle over 10 tracks Kanye made when he was an unsigned artist.

(AllHipHop News) A fourteen-year-old battle over unreleased tracks by Kanye West continues to be fought in court.

Issues with DJ Eric "E Smoove" Miller arose in 2005, over 10 songs Kanye West recorded in the mid-nineties

E Smoove claims Kanye recorded 10 tracks for his record label Focus Music Group back in 1994.

Kanye sued E Smoove in 2005, banning him from using his name and voice in connection with the recordings, in an attempt to ban him from using the material.

E Smoove struck back with his own $10 million dollar lawsuit, and in 2008 E Smoove settled with Kanye and Def Jam.

The recordings were supposed to be turned over to E Smoove if they weren't released by December 31st, 2008 and they never saw the light of day.

Def Jam allegedly claimed they could not clear the many samples in the music.

E Smoove refiled the lawsuit earlier this week, to keep the legal pressure on Kanye and Def Jam over the unreleased gems.

"After you had the success and the fame and all that stuff, you can never get that energy back," E Smoove said.

E Smoove is suing Universal Music Group and Def Jam for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and asking for a return of the masters.