Billionaire music and fashion icon, Kanye West took to Twitter on Wednesday to threaten Universal Music Group, and other music labels claiming the company doesn’t want him to buy off his music masters.
In 2003, the 21-time Grammy winner signed with Roc-a-Fella Records through Def Jam. Def Jam is a subsidiary label of Universal Music Group. In addition, he established his music label, GOOD Music under Def Jam as well.
A “master” is the term used to refer to the underlying rights to a song. The “master recording” is the original version from which everything in a song originates. A CD, a stream on Spotify, an appearance on a movie soundtrack, being released publicly at all, are all licensed by the holder of the master rights. This also means that the holder of the master has control over the financial gains from the recordings as well. In the Music Business, controlling the master rights essentially means you have control over what is done with the song or album.
Kanye West tweeting on Wednesday, begged fans to pray for him as he will do everything within his power to get his masters from Universal music.
According to Kanye West, he and his children should be the one to earn from his masters not the bosses at Universal music. He said a lot of artistes are bound to contracts that are almost impossible to get out of.
“UNIVERSAL won’t TELL ME WHAT MY MASTERS COST BECAUSE THEY KNOW I CAN AFFORD THEM,” tweeted Ye. “MY CHILDREN WILL OWN MY MASTERS… NOT YOUR CHILDREN…MY CHILDREN… MY CHILDREN.”
See his tweets below; Photo Credit: Getty