Kanye West is legally obligated to make music for the rest of his life, according to his contract with EMI Music Publishing. In January, it was reported that Kanye had filed a bunch of lawsuits against his publishing company EMI along with Roc-A-Fella and Universal Music.West’s contract states the following:
‘You (Mr. West) hereby represent and warrant that to [EMI] that You will, throughout the Term as extended by this Modification, remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation. At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date. (The preceding representation shall not be deemed to prevent You from taking a vacation of limited duration.)’
Kanye is seeking the freedom to sign new deals with other record labels and music publishers, and alleges that EMI has unjustly profited millions of dollars. He also wants a judge to give him ownership of compositions he has already delivered to the company after October 2010.
Talk about ‘slavery is a choice’ huh?