EMI sued West in March 2019 for damages after what it called in court documents a response to "West's efforts to renege on his bargained-for contractual obligations to the company." In January 2020, a settlement between West and EMI had been reached.
West followed up with another tweet demanding apologies "immediately" from J. Cole and Drake, both of whom he has feuded with in the past. "I’m Nat Turner ... I’m fighting for us," he wrote, comparing himself to the American slave who led a Virginia rebellion for freedom in 1831. He additionally compared himself to Moses, calling the music industry and the NBA "modern day slave ships," before proclaiming that he's "not gonna watch my people be enslaved."
"I’m the 2nd richest black man in America ... I need all my people with me for us to get free," he added, implying a potential alliance between himself, Drake and J. Cole. He deleted the tweet, noting that "the wealth is in our love of family and our brothers and our service to God ... let’s rise up... let’s communicate."
In a since-deleted tweet, West added that he has a meeting lined up with "Sean Carter," before correcting himself to Jay-Z's real name, Shawn Carter. "No respect to my big bro," he clarified.
Ye continued his act of defiance against labels and publishing companies. "I’m not industry bro ... I don’t care... I’m in service to Christ ... we need world healing ... I miss my brothers... I refuse to argue with black men on labels we don’t own... even twitter," Kanye said, before adding, "I have the utmost respect for all brothers ... we need to link and respect each other... no more dissing each other on labels we don’t own."
"Let’s stop killing each other ... let’s show God that we are Gods people ... my ego gets the best of me too," he shared. "God doesn’t measure us by money in his kingdom ... let’s love each other... I love my brothers and I miss my friends ... real talk."
West went on the share a screenshot of a post from Instagram account @balleralert, featuring a conversation between NBA star Kevin Durant and businessman Steve Stoute in which they discourage Black Americans from voting for the rapper in this year's general election. "Steve Stoute is a good man ... this is my brother ... I’m disappointed with a lot of his recent decisions but Steve is my brother... I understand bro,and I’m here for life," Ye tweeted.
[Editor's note: West's Twitter rant continued into Tuesday morning (Sept. 15), when he posted what seemed like an ultimatum and the final word on his future recording status, after he said his label had not responded to his demands.]