In 1996, his debut album Reasonable Doubt made him famous.
But now, Jay-Z, 48, is being sued by Raynard Herbert who claims he helped land the rapper a distribution deal for the album in return for one percent of royalties.
TMZ is reporting that Herbert has filed suit in New York claiming he hasn’t been paid in 10 years and seeking what he’s owed with interest and damages.
Legal woes: Jay-Z is being sued in New York by Raynard Herbert who claims he hasn’t been paid royalties owed to him by the rapper for 10 years
In the lawsuit, he says he used his connections to get the deal for Roc-A-Fella as well as helping to master the album.
But after getting regular payments from 1998 to 2008, he didn’t receive any more during the past decade.
Herbert also says he reached out to Jay-Z’s team in 2010 to ask about the royalty payments but didn’t hear anything back.
Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Damon Dash and Kareem Burke are also named in the legal filing.
Herbert says he helped land a distribution deal for Jay-Z’s 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt in return for one percent of royalties. He’s seeking what he’s owed plus interest and damages
Meanwhile, Jay-Z is currently on tour in the UK with wife Beyonce.
On Wednesday, the A-list couple were seen arriving in separate helicopters in Manchester, England, for their concert at the city’s The Etihad Stadium.
Their On The Run II tour will go on to travel through The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain and France, before returning to the US and Canada from July to October.
On the road: Meanwhile, Jay-Z is currently on tour in the UK with wife Beyonce. They’re pictured performing on stage in Cardiff, Wales, on June 6