On day two of his latest epic Twitter binge, Kanye West followed his complaints about the music industry and his demand to be released from his recording and music publishing deals by tweeting dozens of pages from his recording contract with Universal Music Group.
After referring to the music industry as “modern slavery”, West tweeted, “Here are my ten universal contracts … I need every lawyer in the world to look at these,” and after posting unreadable pictures of contracts, then started tweeting out pages two at a time. “This is how I look at the Kanye West deal today,” he wrote. “I PRAY IN JESUS ’NAME THAT IT DOESN’T LIKE THIS TOMORROW.”
However, it is unclear what his aim is to post the contracts written in the closely worded legislation common to all such agreements, and shows that his agreement has been renegotiated several times, with West being represented by some of the top lawyers in the music industry.
Read tweets and documents here.
His recent tweets also included mention of his publishing deal with Sony / ATV, but he and the company – which he sued in early 2019, followed by a contradiction from Sony / ATV – settled their legal battle late last year. West appeared to have Universal primarily in his view on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, West tweeted an exchange with an unnamed adviser, discussing his options for getting out of his label and publishing offers. Such contracts typically do not allow artists to withdraw from the offers whenever they want.
Regardless, he called several top executives by name over Twitter Tuesday and Wednesday, including Vivendi executives Vincent Bollore and Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Universal chairman Lucian Grainge, Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer and veteran artist manager Irving Azoff, who is a close friend of the family to his wife, Kim Kardashian.
The documents also confirm that West himself is a label owner – his GOOD Music label has been distributed through Universal since 2004 – which presumably exposes his artists to the same standard contracts that are common throughout the industry.
West and his family have publicly stated that he suffers from a bipolar disorder, and his recent behavior carries many symptoms of a manic episode. He also tweeted a video of a person walking on a Grammy Award placed on a toilet.
“THIS MOMENT WILL CHANGE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR THE GOOD,” he wrote. “I feel so humbled and blessed that God has put me in a strong enough position to do this … EVERYONE BECOMES PRAYER … IT WORKS … I’m on my knees this morning.”
Reps for West and Universal did not respond immediately Varietyrequests for comment.