Kanye West pointing up in crowd
Kanye West pointing up in crowd
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How Artists Are Reacting to Kanye West's Tweets About the Music Industry

Kanye West has been tweeting about his deal with Universal, and multiple artists have started sharing their own stories in solidarity.

Kanye West is tweeting. This is an evergreen sentence, at this point.

Earlier in the week, West went to Twitter to denounce the contracts being provided by Sony and Universal Music Group, saying the music industry was a "modern day slave ship" while comparing himself to Moses and Nat Turner. 

He took things further on Wednesday when he tweeted out most of his contracts with Universal. Things took an even odder turn when he posted a video of himself peeing on one of his Grammys. (We're sure he's not too pressed about losing the award — he has 21 Grammys.

He also made his demands be known — he wants to be released from his recording and publishing deals with Universal, even asking for help, specifically naming Drake, Bono, Kendrick Lamar, and Taylor Swift for help.

West tweeted out over a 100 pages of contracts. The contracts are full of amendments and interesting tidbits like the fact he went $1.5 million over budget for his scrapped Cold Summer movie or that he probably owns the masters for his latest albums.

But the last couple of days have sparked an interesting conversation around artists and ownership. (Joe Budden has been talking about this also but in the podcast space.) Artists have been mostly in support of Kanye. Something Kanye himself has acknowledged when he returned to Twitter after being kicked off of Twitter by Twitter for a couple of hours:

Here are the artists who have tweeted about Kanye West or the state of the music industry in general.


Producer Hit-Boy was the first one to really speak out. The producer, who was signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label and produced one of the most iconic Kanye singles of the decade, "Niggas in Paris," posted one of Ye's tweets on his Instagram and wrote an impassioned message. 

In it, Hit-Boy reveals that his and Kanye's relationship is strained but he agreed with the anti-Universal sentiment. Hit-boy is also signed to Universal, and the producer claims that multiple lawyers have said he had "the worst publishing contract they've ever seen." 

Kanye West saw Hit-Boy's message and supported it. But he also wanted to clear up something that Hit-Boy said.

Big Sean

Big Sean, who just released his Detroit 2 album, also sent out a couple of tweets. When Kanye tweeted he wanted to see "everybody's contracts at Universal and Sony," Big Sean responded by saying "start with mine." It should be noted Big Sean is still under G.O.O.D. Music and Kanye West is an executive producer on Detroit 2.


Logic, who allegedly retired from making rap albums, sent out a tweet in support. He also revealed that Def Jam doesn't want to pay Lil Wayne his fee for an unreleased remix of "Perfect."

Trippie Redd

Trippie Redd posted a video where he asks Kanye to contact him. “Hey man I’m with Kanye,” he said. “Tell Kanye hit me up, man. I’m with all that. All that shit he talking right now? Hit me up. Hit my line, jack. Fa sho.”


Music producer and DJ Marshmello co-signed Kanye's message, saying "now you know why I've always remained independent as an artist..."


Russ has been preaching independence for years. So Kanye's message hits close. Russ decided to take the conversation further, asking why is music undervalued? He asks the question: "What other product gets made for a price that is far higher than what it’s sold for?"

Even if people don't love the messenger, the message seems to be coming through clear. 


Mase has a long memory. He wrote a post dedicated to his many fights in the music industry. He also asked that Kanye West apologize for his "Devil in a New Dress" line, "Don't leave while you're hot that's how Mase screwed up." That line is in reference to Mase retiring in 1999 to become a preacher.


Rapper YG hit up Kanye West for assistance with his own label, Def Jam.