Kanye West says he won’t release any new music on Sony, Universal

Kanye West claimed he’s “not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal” on Twitter Monday night.

“Vivendi family I’m in Calabassas,” he then tweeted, apparently trying to reach the French conglomerate that owns Universal. West’s GOOD label, as well as Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam, which put out the bulk of his records before the GOOD imprint was established, are all owned by Universal.

“I need a [public] apology from J Cole and Drake to start with immediately,” he continued in a separate tweet, adding, “I’m Nat Turner … I’m fighting for us.”

“I’m the 2nd richest black man in America,” another tweet added, though West eventually deleted that one. “I need all my people with me for us to get free.”

“I’m waiting to meet with [Shawn] Carter also,” West then tweeted, referring to Jay-Z.

West eventually pivoted from contractual matters to more general concerns, pleading for unity and organization among his peers, writing at one point, “no more dissing each other on labels we don’t own.”

West sued the Sony/ATV-owned EMI Music Publishing, along with Universal Music Group, Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam in January 2019, looking for a way out of his contract. Billboard reported that the suit was settled for an undisclosed amount in October.

“I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony,” West continued. “The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships. I’m the new Moses.”

West’s convalescence from texting-related hand strain must have been a short one.

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