Kanye West Claims He's "The New Moses," Wants Out of His Label Deals

"The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships"
Kanye West Claims He's 'The New Moses,' Wants Out of His Label Deals
No matter how complete the new album or presidential campaign are, Kanye West always finds his way back to Twitter eventually, and his latest bit of posting now sees him aiming to take control of his recording catalogue.

Before that career assessment, West first logged in Monday evening (September 14) to write in some now-deleted tweets, "I need a publicly apology from J. Cole and Drake to start with immediately … I'm Nat Turner … I'm fighting for us," seemingly in reference to a years-old verse from the former that doesn't directly name him, and his very one-sided feud with the latter.

"I'm the 2nd richest black man in America … I need all my people with me for us to get free," he wrote, adding "I'm waiting to meet with Sean Carter also...My bad I meant Shawn … no disrespect to my big bro." It appears Watch the Throne 2 with JAY-Z remains a pipe dream.

West then pivoted away from calling out his contemporaries while invoking God and the need for "world healing." He wrote, "I have the utmost respect for all brothers … we need to link and respect each other… no more dissing each other on labels we don't own."

He then declared himself "the New Moses" in writing, "I need to see everybody's contracts at Universal and Sony. I'm not gonna watch my people be enslaved. I'm putting my life on the line for my people. The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships." That was followed by a now-deleted tweet reading, "I'm not putting no more music out till I'm done with my contract with Sony and Universal," he tweeted. "On God … in Jesus name … come and get me."

This morning, West shared a screenshot of an exchange with an unidentified associate sharing ideas for his catalogue. The associate argues that West can sue Universal and Sony Music — with whom he has respective recording and publishing deals, respectively — for breach of contract as they "have not supported [him] fully," though they warn this is "the lawsuit/termination nuclear option."

The two discuss the potential price of West's catalogue (and compare it to Taylor Swift's), while also suggesting a joint venture with Universal. West ultimately replies that he is "not open to any form of business" with either company.

Notably, West sued labels including Universal Music Group, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam and the Sony/ATV-owned EMI Music Publishing in January of last year, eventually settling the suit in September.

In looking to get a handle on the situation, West is taking today to call French media conglomerate and Universal majority owner Vivendi, and he writes that he'll keep everyone updated. His most recent album remains last year's Jesus Is King.