NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A Houston man has sued Drake's managers, alleging that he is owed money for his role in helping to discover rapper Drake and that the artists' managers are putting "the entire Drake business in jeopardy."
According to Courthouse News, Jas Prince, son of Rap-a-Lot Records founder James Prince, filed suit in Manhattan Superior Court, charging Drake's management team, including Aspire's Cortez Bryant; Three Kings management's Gerald Roberson and Laurent Management's Derrick Lawrence for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary trust.
Prince claims that he helped to discover Drake, introducing him to Bryant through rapper Lil Wayne, and that he entered into a verbal agreement to split their share of Drake's profits, something that Prince alleges has not happened.
According to Prince, entertainment lawyer Ronald Sweeney reps both Drake's managers and Drake's label and that it has been difficult to obtain accurate accounting figures on royalties.
"We have no idea how much is owed because they are hiding behind one guy," Prince's lawyer James McMillan told the New York Daily News.
Prince also contends that Drake himself is "on the brink" of suing Aspire and Bryant and attached to the lawsuit a letter from Drake's lawyer Robert Meloni sent to Aspire Management. In the letter, Meloni claims that Drake has yet to see royalties, despite having sold more than 5 million records worldwide and that the accounting statements Drake had received were, "inexcusably delayed, incomplete, confusing and misleading."
Aspire did not respond to a request for comment. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers