Music Stars and LawsuitsPublished by Rondell Conway on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm.
Music Stars and Lawsuits
“Chains is cool to cop, but more important is lawyer fees,” Jay-Z rapped on “Never Change” in 2001. He was talking about the drug game, but it applies to the music biz too. Case in point: Game is being sued for $250,0000 by The Crystal Group, which claims the Compton rapper skipped out on two shows it booked for him in Lebanon—even after he’s already been paid $30,000 in advance. The company even booked a makeup concert in Dubai, but Game was a no-show there as well. But luckily for Game, he has plenty of company in the legal doghouse should he need a shoulder to cry on. Click on to see other music luminaries who were sued for samples, copyright infringement, unpaid services and more.
Drake and Aspire vs. James “Jas” Prince
James “Jas” Prince—famed for discovering Drake and introducing him to Lil Wayne—has sued Aspire, the Canadian rap star’s management team, claiming they owe him compensation from a an agreement he signed with them in 2009. Prince is also seeking to prevent Drake from renegotiating his record deal with Young Money, which he says would affect harm his finances even further.
Jay-Z vs. Dwayne Walker
Jay-Z was sued on July 12 by Dwayne Walker. According to the New York City clothing designer’s complaint, Jay and his former Roc-A-Fella record label partners owe him $7 million in unpaid royalties for designing their famous label logo.
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