Kanye Says He's One Of The World's Most Iconic Artists In Legal War with Def Jam

The rap star is trying to get out of a his record deal and a merchandise deal too.

(AllHipHop News) Kanye West has fired off a lawsuit against Island Def Jam in an effort to "be free" from his record contract.

According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, the suit focuses on the rapper's professional relationship with Bravado merchandising and Island Def Jam.

Kanye's legal team has accused the companies of exploiting “one of the world’s most iconic, multi-faceted, and productive talents.”

The hip-hop star is officially seeking an order from a judge to make him “free and clear of obligations” owed to Island Def Jam, after having the hip-hop artist under contract for 17 years.

The lawsuit also revealed that Kanye has deliberately been withholding his ninth 9th studio album, titled Yandhi.

The father-of-three has previously teased the highly-anticipated album with multiple drop dates, but the real reason for the delay is he does not want it swallowed up with his current contractual obligations.

Kanye is also demanding ownership of his master recordings.

According to the lawsuit, the rapper's contract with Island Def Jam has been so restrictive that Kanye has not been able to "offer his services to anyone else, take a break from his recording career, or even retire from it altogether.”

His legal team also alleged that the designer and music producer is owed a “substantial amount” of money for his services.

On Friday Kanye also fired off two lawsuits – one to Roc-A-Fella and the other to EMI, the company that helped launch his career – accusing executives of short-changing him.

In the suit against Roc-A-Fella, obtained by TMZ, Kanye claims he signed an exclusive recording agreement with the company and he is now asking for a declaration of his rights over a dispute.

He also claims EMI bosses owe him money.