Jas Prince Sues Birdman And Cash Money Records For Unpaid Drake Royalties

By on April 22, 2017 in ArticlesMusic News

Birdman is no stranger to lawsuits surrounding his alleged failure to pay artists on his Cash Money label. His highly publicized feud with Lil Wayne has been going on for some years now, and is related to Wayne's $51 million lawsuit against the Cash Money boss, in which Wayne claims that Birdman hasn't paid him for his yet-to-be released Carter V album, among other things. Now, another Cash Money contributor claims he isn't getting paid by Birdman, and has filed a lawsuit as a result.

Jas Prince is the son of Rap-A-Lot Records founder J Prince, and the person who introduced Drake to Cash Money Records. Back in 2008, Jas Prince discovered Drake and introduced him to Cortez Bryant, Lil Wayne's manager. Soon after, a record label, Aspire Music Group was formed; with Drake as the sole artist on the label. Aspire then entered a joint-venture with Cash Money records which granted Aspire 33 percent of the profits, 33 percent of Drake's future master recordings, and a $400,000 advance for his first album.

Aspire and Jas then had their own agreement in which Jas was to receive 22 percent of Aspire's 33 percent cut of Drake's profits, 22 percent of Aspire's 33 percent of Drake's future master recordings, and five percent of Drake's gross compensation from the management agreement.

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Now, Jas and Aspire (Jas now owns part of Aspire) have teamed up to sue Birdman, Cash Money Records, and Birdman's brother/Cash Money Records co-founder Ronald "Slim" Williams, in order to get Birdman to pay the money that he promised to pay Aspire. According to the lawsuit, Birdman has failed to pay Aspire the 33 percent of Drake's profits that was originally agreed to.

Though Jas previously sued Birdman and Cash Money (and settled for $11 million in July of last year), he is reportedly going harder than ever at Birdman this time around, tapping Marc Kasowitz, whose list of clients include President Trump, to represent Aspire in the case.

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