RAWKUS BATTLING RAP

It's alleged that a host of acts have not been paid royalties by the label since 1996...

Eminem, Mos Def, Q-Tip and MOP are amongst the artists taking action against RAWKUS RECORDS for non-payment of royalties.

They are named in a lawsuit filed by The Royalty Network, a publisher/publishing administration company, against Rawkus on behalf of their clients and their publishing companies.

According to Sohh.com, the suit claims that Rawkus have not paid royalties to Royalty Network’s client list since 1996. It also claims that label CEOs Jarret Meyer and Brian Brater “have full knowledge of the infringing activity and have induced, caused or materially contributed to the infringing conduct of Rawkus Entertainment.”

The suit is demanding money owed varying from $750 to $30,000 per song. Records effected include both ‘Lyricist Lounge Volume I & II’, ‘Black On Both Sides’ by Mos Def and ‘Blackstar’ by Mos Def and Talib Kweli.

Rawkus are currently in the process of merging with MCA.