Some Artists Get Screwed by Their Labels, But Kanye Isn’t One of Them

Kanye West has spent about a week yelling about his record deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) on Twitter, comparing the arrangement to “modern day slavery” and promising that he “won’t stop until all is fair.” He posted about 10 contracts he’s hashed out with the label since 2005, containing more than 100 pages of legal documents, in an apparent effort to show the world just how egregiously Universal has ripped him off. But here’s the thing: If you actually read his contracts, you’ll find that Kanye’s deals are unbelievably generous…

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