Is Kanye West Contractually Forced To Never Retire From Making Music?
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) For years, Kanye West has complained about certain elements of the music industry. A new article from The Hollywood Reporter may explain some of Ye's frustration with the business.
West is suing EMI music publishing company in Los Angeles Superior Court. Portions of the lawsuit's documents have become public, and it appears the Hip Hop superstar's contract forces him to remain working in perpetuity.
The agreement reads (in part):
You (Mr. West) hereby represent and warrant that to [EMI] that You will, throughout the Term as extended by this Modification, remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation. At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date. (The preceding representation shall not be deemed to prevent You from taking a vacation of limited duration.)
Social media users quickly began associating that alleged captive contract with Kanye's infamous comments about slavery in America being a choice. The "Yikes" rhymer was hit with overwhelming negative reactions when he made those statements in 2018 during an appearance on TMZ.