JAY-Z is being sued for a 1% stake on the royalties from the classic album Reasonable Doubt, according to legal documents shared by Pitchfork.
Raynard Herbert claims to have helped Roc-A-Fella land a distribution deal for Hov’s debut album and also says he helped master it. He was given 1% sales on the album from 1998 up until November 2008, but then the payments stopped. He didn’t speak up until May 2010 to update his address and see what was happening with his share.
He’s now seeking legal action for breach contract and unjust enrichment from JAY-Z, Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Damon “Dame” Dash, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke.
Herbert is suing for the outstanding fees, as well as damages and interest.
Reasonable Doubt went platinum on February 7, 2002. It was released on June 25, 1996.
Check out the legal documents below.