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Drake scored five MTV Video Music Awards nominations this morning, but that’s about the only good news the rapper is getting today.Jas Prince, the man who originally discovered Drake before he was signed to Lil Wayne‘s Young Money label, has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan State Supreme Court against the musician’s management team for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
According to Courthouse News Service, “A Houston music scion credited with discovering rapper Drake says the artist’s managers are withholding his $100,000 cut of profits and are stiffing Drake, putting ‘the entire Drake business in jeopardy.'”
In total, there are 10 claims against Drake’s current manager Cortez Bryant, Gerald “Gee” Roberson, Derrick Lawrence and the firm Aspire Music Group LLC.
“Prince says he and Bryant agreed to split their share of Drake’s profits. Drake has since sold millions of records and won numerous awards,” reports CNS. “The parties allegedly tried to resolve their differences with a settlement agreement … They were to receive 22 per cent of Aspire’s share of profits, 22 per cent of Aspire’s ownership share of Drake’s master recordings, and 5 per cent of Drake’s gross pay, according to the lawsuit.”
But Aspire Music Group has allegedly refused to pay accordingly, and now Prince wants the court to appoint a receiver and bar the defendants from renegotiating their contracts with Drake until they get paid.
In an April interview, Prince did a Q&A with music vet/blogger Al Lindstrom, in which he revealed his happier history with the now-famous rapper:
Q: Where did you first hear of Drake? Who brought him across your plate?
A: MYSPACE! I always browse through the internet lookin for somethin new. I found him myself. I sent him a message lettin him know who I was and that I wanted to work with him, get his music to some people I know.
How did you pitch him to Wayne?
At first I was tellin him about him like, “Yo, you really need to check this dude Drake out,” and Wayne wasn’t tryin to hear it. Then one day while leavin the Galleria, I just threw his CD in and let it play. He was like, “Wait..who is this?,” and I was like “Drake…the guy I been tellin you about.” Wayne told me to book him on the next flight to Houston.
Read the entire lawsuit HERE.
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