Hip-hop star Kanye West has filed a lawsuit accusing a Chicago DJ of possessing 10 unreleased songs that West produced before he was 18.
The 20-page lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Chicago alleges that Eric “E-Smoove” Miller improperly tried to distribute some of those master recordings this year.
Miller, who helped record the songs before Chicago native West became famous, falsely claimed he had a contract to distribute the music, the lawsuit claims. The 28-year-old Grammy winner seeks payment of no less than $1.3 million and asks that Miller cease from ever using West’s name or voice in connection with the master recordings.
Miller, who owns Focus Music Group, did not immediately return messages left seeking comment.