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DJ Who "Discovered" Kanye West Sues Label Over Rapper's Unreleased Demos


He had handed over the rights in a earlier settlement.

Richton Park DJ Eric “E-Smoove” Miller filed a lawsuit towards ‘s document label over unreleased songs that have been granted to the document firm in a settlement over a decade in the past. According to Chicago Sun Times, “the swimsuit accuses Universal Music Group and its subsidiaries Def Jam Recordings and Island Records of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary obligation, fraudulent inducement and violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.”

In 2009, Island Def Jam advised Miller they needed to shelve the songs he crafted with West as a result of they could not safe the rights to their samples. This reasoning is being deemed as “preposterous” within the lawsuit. “Island Def Jam is a pioneering label in pattern clearance and clearing samples is a routine perform of releasing Kanye West albums, in addition to a whole lot of different releases within the Island Def Jam catalog,” the swimsuit says.

DJ Who "Discovered" Kanye West Sues Label Over Rapper's Unreleased Demos
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Miller, who claims to have been the younger Yeezy’s mentor, is adamant about these tracks since they show “the way of thinking that [Kanye] was in,” one he qualifies as distinctive. “You can’t return there,” Miller stated. “You can’t be making an attempt to get signed, ravenous — effectively, he wasn’t ravenous as a result of he lived a middle-class life — however from an artist standpoint he was ravenous.” Miller continues: “After you’ve had the success and the celebrity and all that stuff, you’ll be able to by no means get that power again.” 

According to Miller, he had met up with Kanye and former Def Jam president Jay-Z. He recalled the Roc Nation mogul saying that the demos in query have been “hope to all of these aspiring emcees.”

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