In January, Kim Kardashian‘s husband filed lawsuits against EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Group’s Roc-a-Fella Records in an attempt to “obtain his freedom” and acquire the rights to his music and get out of his publishing and label deals. The documents were heavily redacted, but thanks to EMI’s new countermove in court, provisions of West’s contract with the company have been released showing just how strict it is. The Hollywood Reporter received a copy of the complaint, which declares that in West’s contract he is forbidden to not work or retire:
“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 Compositions 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 preceding representation shall not be deemed to prevent You from taking a vacation of limited duration.)”
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