Jay-Z Sued Over Reasonable Doubt Royalties

Jay-Z, Dame and Biggs are being accused of withholding the loot.

(AllHipHop News) Jay-Z is being sued by music industry veteran Raynard 'Ray Rae' Herbert over royalties for his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt.

According to documents, Herbert claims that in 1995, he used his connections to get a distribution deal for Jay's label Roc-A-Fella, as well as helping to master Jay's critically acclaimed debut studio album, in exchange for one per cent of the profits.

Reasonable Doubt launched Jay onto the US Billboard 200, debuting at number 23, and achieving platinum status.

Herbert states he began receiving royalty checks in 1998, however, he claims they stopped arriving after his last payment in November 2008, and he's had nothing more for the last decade.

Since then he has reached out to the "Empire State of Mind" rapper's representatives to inquire about his missing royalty checks, and also to update his contact details, but has had no response.

Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Damon 'Dame' Dash, and Kareem 'Biggs' Burke are also named in the legal filing.

Herbert is suing them for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

He also claims Jay acted "with malice and in conscious disregard" of his rights.

Herbert is seeking the percentage he's owed as well as interest and damages.

Jay-Z is currently in the midst of the European leg of his "On The Run II" joint tour with wife Beyonce.

On Wednesday, the superstar couple were seen arriving in separate helicopters in Manchester, England, for their concert at the city's Etihad Stadium.