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  • Kanye URINATES on Grammy

    Kanye URINATES on Grammy, declares 'Black Masters Matter' and says he 'can't be muted or canceled' after comparing the music industry to a slave ship and vowing not to release songs until he's freed from Universal and Sony contracts

    • Kanye West shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award on Wednesday
    • The rapper is enraged that most artists do not own their masters (the rights to their own work), and has been savaging the structure of the music industry
    • West wants to buy his masters from Universal, and is trying to get out of his contract with the label
    • He has vowed not to make new music until he owns his masters and is freed from various contracts he has signed over the years 
    • West's masters are likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars
    • Last year, Taylor Swift was left dumbfounded when her rival, Scooter Braun, snapped up the rights to her masters in a $300 million deal
    • Wife Kim didn't post on Instagram on Facebook on Wednesday as she 'freezed' her accounts to protest 'the spread of hate and propaganda' 

    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to try and retrieve the rights to his own music.

    The rapper, 43, posted the vision to his Twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon, which showed one of his 21 Grammys placed inside of a toilet bowl. 

    'Trust me... I WON'T STOP,' West captioned the clip, which referred to his current bid to gain ownership of his masters - otherwise known as the copyright to his original songs. 


     

    It came amid a Twitter rant that lasted several hours, during which he violated the social media site's code of conduct after he shared the personal contact details of a magazine editor he called 'a white supremacist'.  

    'If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist... this is the editor of Forbes,' West wrote above the phone number of the publication's editor Randall Lane. 

    West has repeatedly hit out at the magazine in the past for failing to label him as a 'billionaire'. Twitter took 30 minutes to hide the tweet with Lane's details, which has now been deleted. 

     

    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to retrieve the rights to his own music

    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to retrieve the rights to his own music

    West has won a whopping 21 Grammy Awards across the past two decades. He is pictured with three of the accolades back in 2005

    West has won a whopping 21 Grammy Awards across the past two decades. He is pictured with three of the accolades back in 2005

    In a separate tweet, the star also joked that his wife, Kim Kardashian, would represent him in legal proceedings.  

    Kardashian last year revealed that she was starting a four-year law apprenticeship under the supervision of attorneys Erin Haney and Jessica Jackson  

    However, the reality star has not yet commented on her husband's latest antics. 

    Kardashian is taking 24 hours off Facebook and Instagram to protest the spread of 'hate, propaganda and misinformation' on the social networks.

    West's current battle with his labels began on Monday, when he attacked the structure of the music industry, declaring that musicians actually had little to no power because record labels owned all of their work. 

    He took aim at his labels Universal and Sony and vowed not to release any new music until he was freed from his contracts with them.   

    West also referenced his wife, Kim Kardashian, by joking that she would be working as his lawyer as he seeks to free himself of his music contracts and gain control of his masters

    West also referenced his wife, Kim Kardashian, by joking that she would be working as his lawyer as he seeks to free himself of his music contracts and gain control of his masters 

    West's wife, Kim Kardashian, has not commented publicly about his bid to free himself of his music contracts. They are pictured together last November

    West's wife, Kim Kardashian, has not commented publicly about his bid to free himself of his music contracts. They are pictured together last November 

    What owning a master recordings means

    Owning an artist's master recordings has become more profitable with the rise of streaming services because it means less is spent on marketing, with users able to stream a back catalog at the touch of a button. 

     

    It's standard practice in the music industry for an artist to sign away the master rights to their recordings.

    In exchange, the contract will award the musician an advance and sales royalties.

    Artists including Metallica, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Chicago have bought back rights to their music, but this is rare as it is a costly exercise. 

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    In a stinging tweet on Tuesday, West also savaged the strict contracts that black NBA players were under, and stated: 'The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships. I'm the new Moses'.

    Taking to Twitter again on Wednesday morning, the rapper repeated the same sentiment, claiming: 'There is no NBA or music industry without black people... fair contracts matter... ownership matters.'

    West also shared the screenshots of a private contract he signed with Universal back in 2011, just minutes after he tweeted: 'I feel so humbled and blessed that God has put me in a strong enough position to do this ... Everyone keep praying.. It's working... I am on my knees this morning.' 

    He then appeared to address black artists directly, and claimed that there needed to be an overhaul in the business. 

    'We've gotten comfortable with not having what we deserve ... they [record labels] allow us to have a little money from touring, get some gold chains, some alcohol, some girls and fake numbers that feed our egos ... but we don't own our masters,' he wrote.  

    He further accused the media of 'trying to kill' black heroes, including Michael Jackson. 

    He also riffed on the Black Lives Matter movement, by tweeting: 'BLACK MASTERS MATTER'.  

    West is seen after scooping three gongs at the 2006 Grammy Awards. He now says the accolades mean nothing if he does not have ownership of his own work

    West is seen after scooping three gongs at the 2006 Grammy Awards. He now says the accolades mean nothing if he does not have ownership of his own work 


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    During his Wednesday Twitter rant, West also stated that he was too powerful to be 'muted or cancelled' and declared that he was rich enough to buy his masters from Universal and Sony. 

    'Universal won't tell me what my masters cost because they know I can afford to buy them,' he taunted in a tweet shared shortly after 6am PDT. 

    West has a reported net worth of $1.3 billion. The cost of his masters is likely to be upwards of $300 million. 

    Back in 2018, Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Label Group for that price, acquiring almost all of Taylor Swift's masters in the process. 

    West went on to share a number of Biblical verses, before writing: 'I KNOW MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WILL MAKE FOOLS OF AND PUNISH ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN UNFAIR CONTRACTS'. 

    He added: 'I will do everything in my legal power and use my voice until all artist contracts are changed, starting with getting my masters for my children. I will not stop, I promise you. I am petty and very personal.' 

    He further claimed that the bid to own his masters was to ensure the future financial security of the four children he shares with Kardashian. 

    Referencing his daughter, North, he stated: 'She will be able to do nothing but put up emojis for the rest of her life because my children will own my masters.' 

    During his Wednesday Twitter rant, West also stated that he was too powerful to be 'muted or canceled' and declared that he was rich enough to buy his masters from Universal and Sony

    During his Wednesday Twitter rant, West also stated that he was too powerful to be 'muted or canceled' and declared that he was rich enough to buy his masters from Universal and Sony

     

    On Monday, West hit out at the fact most artists do not own their masters. 

    'In the streaming world master ownership is everything... that is the bulk of the income ... in COVID artist need our masters,' he wrote. 

    'Artists are starving without tours ... Ima go get our masters ... for all artists ... pray for me.' 

    Later in the day, he reportedly tried to contact Universal and Sony about being released from his contracts. 

    The following day he shared a text conversation on Twitter about possibly taking legal action against Universal and Sony after failing to hear from them. 

    In the actual text conversation, the individual who could be a lawyer writes: 'Meaning that we can argue that Universal and Sony have not supported you fully. And that as a result they have breached. This is the lawsuit/termination nuclear option.'

    The individual continues: 'If we went that route we would litigate and ask for your masters as part of a settlement. This is a high risk but high reward strategy.'

    At some point, West and the individual spoke about Taylor Swift and the controversial $300million deal that Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, struck in order to obtain her master recordings in 2019. 

    'Re masters ownership we can look into buying. But if Taylor's [Swift] cost $300million yours would cost a lot more I assume. Remember that if you re-recorded these songs you could own these new masters outright,' the person speaking with West wrote. 

    'A much more radical consideration would be to propose an entirely new relationship or joint venture with Universal. One that is equal and not one sided. I am not sure you are interested in that. But if [sic] could be a Yeezy Media/Universal joint venture play but one where you have the power,' the person continued. 

    In response to those text messages, West responded: 'I'm not open to any form of business with Universal or Sony.'

    The incident comes following his failed bid for President - a move which prompted many armchair experts to say he was in the midst of a bipolar episode. 

    West first acknowledged his bipolar disorder in 2018, a condition that is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs and can be controlled with medication.

    Kardashian hinted last month that his struggle with bipolar was to blame for his recent erratic behavior, that has seen him embark on the unlikely bid for presidency and get emotional at his first campaign rally in South Carolina while discussing abortion.

    The following day he shared a text conversation on Twitter with a person who appeared to be a lawyer. The conversation revolved around West about possibly  taking legal action against Universal and Sony to get out of his contracts
     

    The following day he shared a text conversation on Twitter with a person who appeared to be a lawyer. The conversation revolved around West about possibly  taking legal action against Universal and Sony to get out of his contracts 

    On Monday night, West declared himself to be the 'new Moses' and proclaimed the music industry to be 'modern day slave ships'

    On Monday night, West declared himself to be the 'new Moses' and proclaimed the music industry to be 'modern day slave ships'

    On Monday, he announced he would not be putting out any more music until he was finished with his contract with Sony and Universal

    On Monday, he announced he would not be putting out any more music until he was finished with his contract with Sony and Universal

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  • Kanye URINATES on Grammy

    Kanye URINATES on Grammy, declares 'Black Masters Matter' and says he 'can't be muted or canceled' after comparing the music industry to a slave ship and vowing not to release songs until he's freed from Universal and Sony contracts

    • Kanye West shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award on Wednesday
    • The rapper is enraged that most artists do not own their masters (the rights to their own work), and has been savaging the structure of the music industry
    • West wants to buy his masters from Universal, and is trying to get out of his contract with the label
    • He has vowed not to make new music until he owns his masters and is freed from various contracts he has signed over the years 
    • West's masters are likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars
    • Last year, Taylor Swift was left dumbfounded when her rival, Scooter Braun, snapped up the rights to her masters in a $300 million deal
    • Wife Kim didn't post on Instagram on Facebook on Wednesday as she 'freezed' her accounts to protest 'the spread of hate and propaganda' 

     

     

    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to try and retrieve the rights to his own music.

    The rapper, 43, posted the vision to his Twitter feed on Wednesday afternoon, which showed one of his 21 Grammys placed inside of a toilet bowl. 

    'Trust me... I WON'T STOP,' West captioned the clip, which referred to his current bid to gain ownership of his masters - otherwise known as the copyright to his original songs. 

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    It came amid a Twitter rant that lasted several hours, during which he violated the social media site's code of conduct after he shared the personal contact details of a magazine editor he called 'a white supremacist'.  

    'If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist... this is the editor of Forbes,' West wrote above the phone number of the publication's editor Randall Lane. 

    West has repeatedly hit out at the magazine in the past for failing to label him as a 'billionaire'. Twitter took 30 minutes to hide the tweet with Lane's details, which has now been deleted. 

     

    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to retrieve the rights to his own music

    Kanye West has shared shocking footage of himself urinating on a Grammy Award as he 'goes into battle' against labels Universal and Sony to retrieve the rights to his own music

    West has won a whopping 21 Grammy Awards across the past two decades. He is pictured with three of the accolades back in 2005

    West has won a whopping 21 Grammy Awards across the past two decades. He is pictured with three of the accolades back in 2005

    In a separate tweet, the star also joked that his wife, Kim Kardashian, would represent him in legal proceedings.  

    Kardashian last year revealed that she was starting a four-year law apprenticeship under the supervision of attorneys Erin Haney and Jessica Jackson  

    However, the reality star has not yet commented on her husband's latest antics. 

    Kardashian is taking 24 hours off Facebook and Instagram to protest the spread of 'hate, propaganda and misinformation' on the social networks.

    West's current battle with his labels began on Monday, when he attacked the structure of the music industry, declaring that musicians actually had little to no power because record labels owned all of their work. 

    He took aim at his labels Universal and Sony and vowed not to release any new music until he was freed from his contracts with them.   

    West also referenced his wife, Kim Kardashian, by joking that she would be working as his lawyer as he seeks to free himself of his music contracts and gain control of his masters

    West also referenced his wife, Kim Kardashian, by joking that she would be working as his lawyer as he seeks to free himself of his music contracts and gain control of his masters 

    West's wife, Kim Kardashian, has not commented publicly about his bid to free himself of his music contracts. They are pictured together last November

    West's wife, Kim Kardashian, has not commented publicly about his bid to free himself of his music contracts. They are pictured together last November 

    What owning a master recordings means

    Owning an artist's master recordings has become more profitable with the rise of streaming services because it means less is spent on marketing, with users able to stream a back catalog at the touch of a button. 

     

    It's standard practice in the music industry for an artist to sign away the master rights to their recordings.

    In exchange, the contract will award the musician an advance and sales royalties.

    Artists including Metallica, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and Chicago have bought back rights to their music, but this is rare as it is a costly exercise. 

    ADVERTISEMENT
     

    In a stinging tweet on Tuesday, West also savaged the strict contracts that black NBA players were under, and stated: 'The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships. I'm the new Moses'.

    Taking to Twitter again on Wednesday morning, the rapper repeated the same sentiment, claiming: 'There is no NBA or music industry without black people... fair contracts matter... ownership matters.'

    West also shared the screenshots of a private contract he signed with Universal back in 2011, just minutes after he tweeted: 'I feel so humbled and blessed that God has put me in a strong enough position to do this ... Everyone keep praying.. It's working... I am on my knees this morning.' 

    He then appeared to address black artists directly, and claimed that there needed to be an overhaul in the business. 

    'We've gotten comfortable with not having what we deserve ... they [record labels] allow us to have a little money from touring, get some gold chains, some alcohol, some girls and fake numbers that feed our egos ... but we don't own our masters,' he wrote.  

    He further accused the media of 'trying to kill' black heroes, including Michael Jackson. 

    He also riffed on the Black Lives Matter movement, by tweeting: 'BLACK MASTERS MATTER'.  

    West is seen after scooping three gongs at the 2006 Grammy Awards. He now says the accolades mean nothing if he does not have ownership of his own work

    West is seen after scooping three gongs at the 2006 Grammy Awards. He now says the accolades mean nothing if he does not have ownership of his own work 

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    During his Wednesday Twitter rant, West also stated that he was too powerful to be 'muted or cancelled' and declared that he was rich enough to buy his masters from Universal and Sony. 

    'Universal won't tell me what my masters cost because they know I can afford to buy them,' he taunted in a tweet shared shortly after 6am PDT. 

    West has a reported net worth of $1.3 billion. The cost of his masters is likely to be upwards of $300 million. 

    Back in 2018, Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Label Group for that price, acquiring almost all of Taylor Swift's masters in the process. 

    West went on to share a number of Biblical verses, before writing: 'I KNOW MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WILL MAKE FOOLS OF AND PUNISH ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN UNFAIR CONTRACTS'. 

    He added: 'I will do everything in my legal power and use my voice until all artist contracts are changed, starting with getting my masters for my children. I will not stop, I promise you. I am petty and very personal.' 

    He further claimed that the bid to own his masters was to ensure the future financial security of the four children he shares with Kardashian. 

    Referencing his daughter, North, he stated: 'She will be able to do nothing but put up emojis for the rest of her life because my children will own my masters.' 

    During his Wednesday Twitter rant, West also stated that he was too powerful to be 'muted or canceled' and declared that he was rich enough to buy his masters from Universal and Sony

    During his Wednesday Twitter rant, West also stated that he was too powerful to be 'muted or canceled' and declared that he was rich enough to buy his masters from Universal and Sony

     

    On Monday, West hit out at the fact most artists do not own their masters. 

    'In the streaming world master ownership is everything... that is the bulk of the income ... in COVID artist need our masters,' he wrote. 

    'Artists are starving without tours ... Ima go get our masters ... for all artists ... pray for me.' 

    Later in the day, he reportedly tried to contact Universal and Sony about being released from his contracts. 

    The following day he shared a text conversation on Twitter about possibly taking legal action against Universal and Sony after failing to hear from them. 

    In the actual text conversation, the individual who could be a lawyer writes: 'Meaning that we can argue that Universal and Sony have not supported you fully. And that as a result they have breached. This is the lawsuit/termination nuclear option.'

    The individual continues: 'If we went that route we would litigate and ask for your masters as part of a settlement. This is a high risk but high reward strategy.'

    At some point, West and the individual spoke about Taylor Swift and the controversial $300million deal that Scooter Braun, who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, struck in order to obtain her master recordings in 2019. 

    'Re masters ownership we can look into buying. But if Taylor's [Swift] cost $300million yours would cost a lot more I assume. Remember that if you re-recorded these songs you could own these new masters outright,' the person speaking with West wrote. 

    'A much more radical consideration would be to propose an entirely new relationship or joint venture with Universal. One that is equal and not one sided. I am not sure you are interested in that. But if [sic] could be a Yeezy Media/Universal joint venture play but one where you have the power,' the person continued. 

    In response to those text messages, West responded: 'I'm not open to any form of business with Universal or Sony.'

    The incident comes following his failed bid for President - a move which prompted many armchair experts to say he was in the midst of a bipolar episode. 

    West first acknowledged his bipolar disorder in 2018, a condition that is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs and can be controlled with medication.

    Kardashian hinted last month that his struggle with bipolar was to blame for his recent erratic behavior, that has seen him embark on the unlikely bid for presidency and get emotional at his first campaign rally in South Carolina while discussing abortion.

    The following day he shared a text conversation on Twitter with a person who appeared to be a lawyer. The conversation revolved around West about possibly  taking legal action against Universal and Sony to get out of his contracts
     

    The following day he shared a text conversation on Twitter with a person who appeared to be a lawyer. The conversation revolved around West about possibly  taking legal action against Universal and Sony to get out of his contracts 

    On Monday night, West declared himself to be the 'new Moses' and proclaimed the music industry to be 'modern day slave ships'

    On Monday night, West declared himself to be the 'new Moses' and proclaimed the music industry to be 'modern day slave ships'

    On Monday, he announced he would not be putting out any more music until he was finished with his contract with Sony and Universal

    On Monday, he announced he would not be putting out any more music until he was finished with his contract with Sony and Universal

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  • Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther star dies of cancer aged 43

    Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther star dies of cancer aged 43

     
    Chadwick BosemanImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
    Image captionBoseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis

    US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer aged 43.

    He died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side, a statement posted on social media said.

    Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but had not made the information public.

    The news has left fans and the film world stunned. Get Out director Jordan Peele, said it was "a crushing blow".

    "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," his family said in the statement.

    "From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more - all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."

    Boseman came to prominence playing real-life figures - baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42, and soul singer James Brown in 2014's Get on Up.

    However, it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered.

    Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth.

    As well as winning critical praise and taking more than $1.3 billion US dollars (£973m) at cinemas worldwide, the film was widely seen as a cultural milestone for having a largely black cast and a black director, Ryan Coogler.

    Boseman said last year that the film had changed what it means to be "young, gifted and black".

     
    Media captionBlack Panther: Why this film is a moment

    Black Panther was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars.

    He also played the same role in other Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

    A sequel was in the works and due to come out in 2022, with Boseman set to return.

    The news of his death came as a shock to many as Boseman never discussed his diagnosis publicly.

    However, fans started raising concerns over his health this year due to noticeable weight loss.

    Tributes have already begun pouring in for the star, including from actor and fellow Marvel star Mark Ruffalo.

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    Actor Dwayne Johnson tweeted: "Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family."

    Political figures have also started paying their respects, including Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

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    The hashtag #WakandaForever has also been trending.

    Born in South Carolina as the son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur, Boseman graduated from Howard University in Washington DC.

    Despite playing roles on television, it wasn't until 2013 that he hit the big time in 42.

    Chadwick Boseman at the commencement addressImage copyrightREUTERS
    Image captionBoseman, seen here in 2018 at his old university

    In 2018, Boseman returned to his university to speak at its graduation ceremony.

    "Some of you here struggled against the university itself," he said to the mostly minority ethnic audience.

    "Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalisation.

    "The fact that you have struggled with this university which you love is a sign that you can use your education to improve the world that you are entering."

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  • Riots & looting in Kenosha, Wisconsin as police reportedly shoot black man in the back SEVEN TIMES

    Riots & looting in Kenosha, Wisconsin as police reportedly shoot black man in the back SEVEN TIMES (VIDEO)

    Riots & looting in Kenosha, Wisconsin as police reportedly shoot black man in the back SEVEN TIMES (VIDEO)
    People attacked a courthouse and threw Molotov cocktails at officers in Wisconsin after a viral video of yet another police shooting of a black man sparked heated protests.

    Rioters broke into the local courthouse and started a fire on the ground floor, as looting was reported in the area.

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    A clip circulating on social media shows an angry crowd surrounding a patrol car. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the officers. A few seconds later one officer was seen suddenly falling to the ground, while a bystander said that he “just got bricked.”

    Rallies were held on the streets with protesters chanting “No justice, no piece.” People demonstrated outside the Kenosha County Public Safety Building despite a curfew that was imposed until 7am on Monday.

    Local media reported that people were smashing the windows of parked police cars.

    Public anger was sparked by a police-involved shooting on Sunday night. The chilling video that quickly went viral shows a black man walking towards an SUV followed by two officers, when one of them opened fire at the man as he opened the car door. According to reports, at least seven shots were fired.

    Police said they were responding to a “domestic incident,” without giving any additional details.

    The victim, Jacob Blake, 29, was airlifted to a hospital in Milwaukee. A man claiming to be his friend wrote on social media that Blake was “out of surgery and in the ICU.”

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers compared the shooting of Blake to the death of George Floyd and other black Americans who were killed in altercations with police.

    “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement,” Evers stated.

     

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  • JAY-Z cleared a $12 million debt for DMX

    JAY-Z cleared a $12 million debt for DMX at Def Jam

    Hov let X leave Def Jam without having to pay anything back to the company.

    JAY-Z and DMX

    JAY-Z is known to be about his business, but he is also known to look out for people when they are in a financial bind.

    During a recent interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Ruff Ryders founders Waah, Dee and Chivon Dean shared the story about how JAY let DMX leave Def Jam without having to pay a penny back to the company.

    “What had happened was JAY-Z called DMX and told him, ‘The inmates have took over the prison.’” Dean said. “And when your man JAY-Z got in position, X felt that he didn’t honor him in a proper way and hold weight like he was supposed to.” They then added that their egos got the best of them once JAY became president of Def Jam in 2004, which led to their beef.

    “The good part about Def Jam — and I gotta give it to Hov — X was in debt over there. He probably owed about $12 million,” Dean revealed. When DMX left Def Jam for Sony, he said that Hov “released him and wiped off the debt clean and let him go. He didn't have to pay nothing back.”

    Back in 2018, Lil Wayne opened up about a time when JAY helped him pay off his $7.72 million tax debt. The “A Milli” rapper reportedly owed $3.35 million in taxes for 2008 and $2.25 million for 2009. He also owed other unpaid taxes and late fees.

    JAY-Z helped him pay off the bill in full. “There’s people like JAY-Z. He helped me when I was really, really, really down. Really, really, really down,” Wayne told the crowd during a show in Chicago. “JAY don’t want me to tell nobody. That man helped me with my taxes. He’s a real friend, y’all. Shout out my n*gga JAY!”

    Check out the full interview on “The Breakfast Club” below.

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