Drake’s Management Sued For Unpaid Royalties

Once again, YMCMB’s business practices have come under fire. Yesterday, James “Jas” Prince filed a lawsuit against numerous parties, claiming Drake’s management have failed to pay the plaintiff (as well as Drake) owed royalties.

In a nearly 70-page court document that surfaced yesterday (July 30), Prince claims after discovering Drake, he introduced the Toronto rapper to the defendants (Aspire Music Group, Cortez Bryant, Laurant Management, Three Kinds, Gerald Roberson and Derrick Lawrence) with the understanding the defendants would use industry connections to secure Drake a record deal under Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint, and promote the rapper after his signing. According to Prince, part of this 2007/2008 oral agreement entailed that profits would then be split between him and the named defendants.

But Prince says that after the agreement was made, Cortez Bryant signed Drake to an exclusive management deal, cutting out Prince’s role in Drake’s career. Additionally, Prince claims he was never paid and was told that Drake hasn’t been paid either. As of press time, neither Drake nor Cortez Bryant have responded to the lawsuit.

This isn’t the first time that people have taken issue with YMCMB’s business practices. This past April, Weezy and producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison, who claims he produced several songs on Tha Carter III, including “Lollipop,” was never paid for his work and was suing for $20 million. The two sides finally settled via a confidential, out-of-court agreement. Producer Jim Jonsin too took issue with not getting paid, but his dispute was resolved as well.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.—XXL Staff

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