Kanye West announced that he would be giving his share of masters back to his G.O.O.D. Music artists.
Whenever Kanye gets on Twitter, the world is watching. Lately, the musician has been very outspoken about several things, including religion, business, and receiving respect from those within the industry. But most recently, he shared his thoughts on how musicians have been stripped of the rights to the music they create.
On Wednesday, West took to social media to announce that he would be giving his artists back his percent of their masters. “I’m giving all Good music artist back the 50% share I have of their masters,” he tweeted. However, he didn’t provide any details on who the other percentages of the masters have been divvied out to.
Some of the artists who are or were on the G.O.O.D. Music label includes John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Consequence, Mos Def, Big Sean, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and more. In recent weeks, West has been preaching for artists to gain their own independence while speaking out against record labels who may be taking advantage of their artists.
In addition to giving his artists back their masters, he said that he also is on the move to have his own masters returned to him. “This is a call for all artists to unify … I will get my masters, I got the most powerful lawyer in music, and I can afford them, but every artist must be freed and treated fairly,” the mogul tweeted. According to BOSSIP, West is currently going head-to-head with Universal Music Group and Sony over his contracts with the companies, as he seeks to gain full ownership of his masters.
In response to West’s announcement, West’s current artist, Big Sean, praised West for his move. “Thank you!!! This would help so much,” the Detroit rapper wrote.