JAY-Z is reportedly being sued by his former business partner, Raynard Herbert, over royalties for his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt, according to TMZ and Pitchfork.
In the court document obtained by Pitchfork, Herbert claimed that he was owed 1% of the profits made from Reasonable Doubt after allegedly helping to master the album and setting up a distribution deal with Priority Records. Herbert collected royalty checks starting in 1998, but claims checks stopped coming in November 2008. Herbert reportedly attempted to reach out several times to Hov's reps for the status of any outstanding payments but was unsuccessful.
In addition to JAY, Herbert is also reportedly suing Roc Nation and Roc-A-Fella Records as well as Damon “Dame” Dash, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, who also executive produced the 1996 album, for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, alleging that the parties acted with "malice" and caused him "to suffer consequential damages."
Billboard has reached out to JAY-Z's reps for comment.