(Gossip-Grind) U-God Files $2.5 Million Lawsuit Against RZA And The Wu-Tang Clan:
There’s trouble brewing in Shaolin. Lamont Hawkins, better known to the rap world as one of Wu-Tang Clan’s founding members U-God, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the group claiming that he hasn’t received his fair share of profits over the years.
In the docs filed in NYC, U-God says he’s contributed to about 170 tracks for the group since its inception in 1993 … but says he hasn’t been getting his share of royalties off 12 Wu-Tang albums, for at least the last 6 years.
U also says his Wu contract requires him to get 2 annual payments for his share of merchandising dough, but says he’s been cut off from that too. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, it’s clear he has particular beef with RZA and his brother, Mitchell Diggs — claiming they’re abusing their power as Wu founders, and pulling strings to leave him out in the cold.
As for Wu-Tang’s top secret double album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” — which Martin Shkreli bought for $2 million — U-God says he’s yet to see a dime from that record-setting sale.
He’s asking for a complete accounting of Wu-Tang’s various revenue streams, and says he’s owed at least $2.5 million for numerous breaches of contract.(TMZ)