Funny how someone who said ‘slavery is a choice’ is now fighting for their freedom. Kanye West can’t retire from music because of a recording contract that forces him to keep working basically forever.
The musician is suing record label EMI over a bizarre clause in his contract that prevents him from being legally allowed to retire. The Hollywood Reporter has obtained the rapper’s lawsuit against the label, which shows the shocking clause.
“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 Composition 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 lawsuit argues that Kanye is seeking to ‘obtain his freedom,’ arguing that his contract with EMI, which he entered in 2003, violates California Labor Code section 2855, which limits personal service contracts to no more than seven years.
Those seven years would have ended in 2010, prior to the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye says that EMI unjustly earned millions of dollars from his post-2010 output thanks to the ‘lopsided’ contract.
Now that Kanye West’ can’t retire he probably doesn’t feel the same way about slavery.