Kanye West is on a Twitter rant… again. But this time his reasoning actually seems legit and we can’t stop ourselves from feeling somewhat bad for the Grammy award winner 🙁 What’s all this hoo-ha about now, you ask? Keep on reading as we’re spilling the tea:
In a VERY lengthy thread of tweets, Kanye accused record labels of exploiting artists as they don’t have the rights to any of their original music and thus, can only receive revenue through tours and selling merchandise.
After posting images of what he claims to be his 10 contracts with Universal Music, the Grammy award winning rapper spoke out against unfair practices by record labels in the music industry.
Yes, Ye tweeted images of 10 contracts. TEN!!!! And yes, these posts came up to about a million tweets, give or take. Just before posting a string of these legal documents, the hip-hop artist wrote a tweet reading, “You guys it took me so long to screen grab all my contracts. Here they are.”
Kanye stated the purpose of him publishing these contracts, page by page, was so that lawyers around the world could take a look at them and point out any errors. The owner of Yeezy stated on Twitter that contracts these days need to be “simplified”:
“Contracts in all industries need to be simplified now. Complicated contracts are how businesses, music companies and sports take advantage of talent. We will expose these contracts and make them transparent now (to) support new talent, startups and amend all old contracts.”
— ye4us (@ye4us) September 16, 2020
“When you sign a music deal, you sign away your rights,” explains Kanye, who has released 10 studio albums with the Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Recordings. “Without the masters, you can’t do anything with your own music. Someone else controls where it’s played and when it’s played. Artists have nothing (except) the fame, touring, and merch.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, artists are currently unable to tour and this means that their revenue is being restricted. This sudden problem seems to have made Kanye realise the importance of having the rights to his own music. “I am the only person who can speak on this because I made multi-billions outside of music; no musicians make billions inside of music (but) I’m going to change this,” wrote Kanye.
In addition, Kanye has been calling other artists to retweet his posts and support his cause. He even asked TAYLOR SWIFT to support him!!! Are you shook? Because we’re shook. Is this really how badly Kanye wants to change the legalities in the music industry???
“Bono can I get a retweet Love you Paul can I get a retweet love you Drake Kendrick even Taylor We need you right noooooow.”
Honestly, at this point Kanye asking his arch rival for support doesn’t seem too surprising at all; After he pissed on his Grammy award just to make a point, nothing seems to surprise us anymore. And yes, Kanye threw one of his 21 Grammy awards into the toilet and URINATED on it.
The video posted by the independent presidential candidate showed the Grammy award being pissed on, with a caption that read “Trust me … I WONT STOP.” Kanye is going hard on this issue and it doesn’t seem like he will let go anytime soon until “ALL THE MUSICIANS WILL BE FREE.”
Universal has still not made any public comments regarding Kanye’s recent tantrum on social media. However, Kanye stated that Universal has refused to tell him how much his masters cost as they know the billionaire can afford them. “UNIVERSAL WON’T TELL ME WHAT MY MASTERS COST BECAUSE THEY KNOW I CAN AFFORD TO BUY THEM,” wrote Kanye.
Kanye’s wife and popular reality TV star, Kim Kardashian West, is apparently still standing by her husband and supporting his struggle with mental heath even through all this chaos. A source has told Us Weekly: “Kim is holding onto her marriage with Kanye and knows that he is bipolar and struggling with his mental health and wants to be there for him and help. She is continuing to support him and does her best to understand him and where he is coming from. She knows he is unconventional and has always known that.”
The “new Moses”, as he now calls himself, has clearly indicated that he’s on a mission that is unstoppable. Kanye even went to the point of coining the term “Black Masters Matter” in one of his recent tweets. The father of four has expressed that he is adamant on buying the rights to his own music so that his children can own his masters one day, instead of an external party.
We really don’t know how this battle is going to end but we hope the best person wins. Wait, is there even a real battle??? Who knows, let’s just watch Ye do Ye.