Rapper U-God is allegedly suing his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates over unpaid royalties. The 46 year old is said to be unhappy with the way the hip-hop collective are distributing their royalty payments, and is demanding a figure somewhere in the region of $2.5 million.
U-God is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan and has been active in the group since their inception in 1992. The Brooklyn native has appeared on all seven of the group’s studio albums and is known for his deep, rhythmic rapping style.
Although no official statement has been given, TMZ are reporting that U-God is demanding a $2.5 million sum, that he believes is owed to him for his work on 12 Wu-Tang records over the last six years. His demands are also said to include a 2% share of future merchandising rights and a share of the earnings from the band’s 2015 record ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’.
‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ was controversially sold to pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli for $2 million back in 2015. Upon purchasing the record, Shkreli signed a contract permitting him from releasing the record commercially for 88 years. Despite this, Shkreli has threatened to release the album numerous times. Following Donald Trump’s election victory, Shkreli shared both the intro and first track online.
U-God has suggested that Wu-Tang leader RZA is responsible for the issues with the royalties, and is demanding a full audit of the group’s finances, to make all future payments to band member’s clear and fair.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the band have had disagreements. For almost 20 years the Wu-Tang have been falling out over something or other, and copyright has been an ongoing topic of controversy. In 2007 Ghostface Killah said of RZA: “I don’t see RZA, man. That n***a’s real sneaky. I love him, though. Ain’t no bad blood. Ain’t nobody doing no bad to him. It’s just that you can’t get money with a n***a.”