The talent scout who discovered Drake is suing Drake’s management for cheating him out of his share of royalties.
James “Jas” Prince, who is the son of Rock-A-Lot Records CEO J. J. Prince, filed papers in the Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming that Drake’s management wouldn’t even provide an accounting of exactly how much money he’s owed.
According to Prince’s attorney, James McMillan, Prince hasn’t seen a dime in royalties in over a year, despite the millions of records Drake has sold.
McMillan went on to say that the same lawyer who represents Drake’s managers, also represents the record company that pays the royalties. When Prince demanded to get an accounting of his royalties, both the managers and record company directed him to their lawyer, Ronald Sweeney. However, when Prince got in contact with Sweeney, Sweeney strung him along with promises to provide the information but still never delivered it. McMillan summed it up:
“We have no idea how much is owed because they are hiding behind one guy. It’s one big shell game.”
Prince’s beef is not with Drake as the two remain friends. In fact, Prince also claims that Drake himself is being cheated out of royalties by his own managers. To support those clams, Prince attached a letter to the management company from Drake’s lawyer.
In the letter, Drake’s lawyer states the rapper’s wishes to terminate HIS OWN exclusive contract with them due to “inexcusably delayed, incomplete, confusing, and misleading” statements listing what Drake was owed.