Kanye Back At It Again
Kanye is making waves again with another very public dispute. Yesterday, the artist’s Twitter followers were caught by surprise when he posted a video of himself urinating on one of his 21 Grammy awards. Kanye was protesting his contract with Sony and Universal Music Group, and the video came after he posted a series of screenshots of his contract with the labels. From what he has communicated through Twitter, he is fighting for the ownership of the master recordings to his music. With the label owning the masters of his work, they own the rights to the use of his music, and therefore the earning potential. This prompted Kanye to draw similarities in his situation, to that of NBA players.
“The music industry and the NBA are modern-day slave ships. I’m the new Moses.”
Trust me … I WONT STOP pic.twitter.com/RmVkqrSa4F
— ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020
While the exploitation of musical artists has always plagued the industry, Kanye’s protest comes at a hefty price. He may have violated several Non Disclosure Agreements when he posted what seems to be his full contract. He asked for the assistance of all lawyers on Twitter to help him find a way out of the agreement and even implored the support of other musical talents like Bono, Paul McCartney, Kendrick, and Taylor Swift. In an abrupt end to his rant, he shared some insider knowledge of another industry exploitation,
“90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the “distribution fees” many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying.”
Twitter later discovered that he did not stop by choice, and he shared what really happened through a proxy, Candace Owens. With less than 50 days until the election, the public can only speculate how this will impact his standings in the polls.
Kanye wanted me to let everyone know that his Twitter account has been locked out by the Twitter Gods. #FreeKanye
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 17, 2020