JAY-Z Sued Over 'Reasonable Doubt' Royalties

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Jay-Z photographed in 1996. 

Raynard Herbert claims he was owed 1 percent of profits after helping to master the album and setting up a distribution deal with Priority Records.

JAY-Z is being sued over royalties for his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt by Raynard Herbert, a man who alleges he had a deal at the time to arrange music for the star's record label.

In the court documents reviewed by Billboard, Herbert claims he was owed 1 percent of the profits made from Reasonable Doubt after helping to master the album and setting up a distribution deal with Priority Records. Herbert says he collected royalty checks starting in 1998, but checks stopped coming in November 2008. Herbert allegedly attempted to reach out several times to Hov's reps for the status of any outstanding payments but was unsuccessful. 

In addition to JAY, Herbert is also suing Roc Nation and Roc-A-Fella Records as well as Damon “Dame” Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke -- who also executive produced the 1996 album -- for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, alleging that the parties acted with "malice" and caused him "to suffer consequential damages."

Billboard has reached out to JAY-Z's reps for comment.



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