U-God sues Wu-Tang Clan bandmates

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Rapper U-God is taking his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates to court over allegations of missing royalty payments.

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The MC, real name Lamont Hawkins, claims he has not been paid for contributions to 12 of the Gravel Pit hitmakers' albums for at least the last six years, and now he is demanding $2.5 million (£2 million) in compensation.

According to TMZ.com, U-God filed legal papers in a New York court and singled out crew leader and producer RZA and his brother, Mitchell Diggs, for the payment issue, accusing them of abusing their power as co-founders of the legendary hip-hop group.

In the suit, the 46-year-old reveals he is also supposed to receive two annual payments for his share of merchandising profits, but those funds have also not been issued.

U-God goes on to question where his cut of the $2 million (£1.6 million) raised from the auction of the Wu-Tang Clan's rare Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album is, after the one-off pressing was purchased by controversial pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli last year (15).

RZA previously stated a portion of the sale profits would be donated to charity after discovering Shkreli had placed the winning bid. Shkreli was widely condemned for raising the price of AIDS medication from $13.50 (£11) to $750 (£600) per pill.

RZA and his fellow bandmates have yet to comment on U-God's legal action.

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