Wu-Tung is one of the greatest rap groups of all time. The original lineup of RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa influenced a generation of aspiring rappers.
The iconic hip hop group faces a lawsuit from an immediate family member of one their founding members. ODB’s widow Icelene Jones has filed a lawsuit against Wu-Tang Clan Productions over unpaid royalties.
Jones claims that the group did not pay royalties to his late husband’s estate for almost a decade (2011 – 2021). “… the estate also received some payments in 2019 and 2020 from Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., but the suit alleges that the combined payments are just a fraction of what is owed.”
“The complaint cites a 1992 recording agreement, under which ODB was to be paid 50% of net earnings on the publishing of his copyrighted songs. The members of the group were also to split 50% of net earnings from the sound recordings. The suit alleges the estate is also owed royalties on merchandising and videos.”
According to Variety, there have been repeated requests to see accounting documents but they have not been provided. Wu-Tang head RZA has yet to publicly respond to the lawsuit.
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