Wu-Tang Clan rapper U-God is reportedly filing a lawsuit against his own bandmates.
The 46-year-old, who is a founding member of the pioneering New York City hip-hop group, is reportedly unhappy with how Wu-Tang distribute royalty payments. The group notoriously sold their most recent album, ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’, to infamous pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli for $2 million in 2015.
According to TMZ, U-God is bringing a $2.5 million lawsuit against the other members of Wu-Tang, alleging that he hasn’t been paid for his royalty payments on 12 Wu-Tang albums over the past six years. He’s also demanding his 2% share of the merchandising rights, plus his share of the $2 million Shkreli deal.
U-God has particularly placed the blame for the lawsuit on group leader RZA, according to reports. He’s also demanding a full audit of the group’s finances, supposedly to certify how much each member of the group will be paid in future.
Shkreli’s controversial purchase of ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ cropped up in the news last month after he leaked parts of the never-before-heard album following Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US Presidential Election.
One stipulation of the contract with Wu-Tang was that he wouldn’t release the 110-minute-long album for 88 years after the purchase.