Lupe Fiasco Calls Out Lyor Cohen, Other Music Executives Who Wronged Him

A now-retired Lupe Fiasco goes off against Lyor Cohen, 360 deals, and more on Twitter.

 

Yesterday, Lupe Fiasco retired after receiving backlash over anti-Semitic lyrics. Today, he returned to Twitter to air grievances against music executives Lyor Cohen and Craig Kallman, and against the music industry that debilitates its artists and privileges its ruling class.

Lupe claimed that Cohen, then the CEO of Warner, informed him that "he may not honor the terms of an existing contract unless [Lupe] signed a contract which changed the terms of the existing one."

Lupe then turned to Kallman, the CEO of Atlantic, whom he alleged "once negotiated a deal in secret which said I agreed to give away 85% of my pub rights to the song Airplanes to his producers... Craig Kallman brought me my 360 deal while I was half naked recovering from Pneumonia in a hotel room in LA. It was surreal."

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I've been labeled, stamped, called and accused of being everything under the sun...

But never a liar.

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Lyon Cohen told me he may not honor the terms of an existing contract unless i signed a contract which changed the terms of the existing one

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Craig Kallman once negotiated a deal in secret which said I agreed to give away 85% of my pub rights to the song Airplanes to his producers

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Because the Jewish lawyer I hired to get me off Atlantic, was more interested in taking 5% of everything I did. He sent a bill for 100k https://t.co/BYYHrVZxZk

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Which represented 5% of the concerts I did while I had him on retainer. CONCERTS WHICH HE NEVER HANDLE CONTRACTS FOR @EverSoGabe

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

He said "what are you gonna do sue me? I'm a lawyer I'll win" he then felt so guilty he offered me 10% of my own money back @EverSoGabe

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

They speak out 2 me all the time. I've had 1 producer admit to me that he knows that it's wrong but they let him "win" so he just accepts it https://t.co/c6lYNxDCl4

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Not all of it. It's some good guys which I've had the pleasure to work with but I've never experienced what I've have at Atlantic anywhere https://t.co/OvCrH6TruH

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

When The Cool went gold. We hit a contract term/sales point that said they had to renegotiate for a larger budget for LASERS. So 2008ish https://t.co/o1RgNcctYQ

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Oh thats doesnt matter when they don't stick to the contracts And when u get gangsta with them they call security & lock you out the office https://t.co/OqOTybnkOX

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Food & Liquor. I asked Lyor for my masters as real equity in their nutty 360 deal experiment. He smirked & said "what? Like in a suitcase?" https://t.co/5dFXCKSXcT

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

It's deal where an artist gives up 25% & up of EVERYTHING they do (touring, merch, pub) for large but FULLY RECOUPABLE check from the label https://t.co/g3Ln6I2BCG

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

The catch is that the label is getting more for the same amount of loan in market areas that it has no experience in. It's a fools deal. https://t.co/0kaS5yyMrD

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Nope. Craig Kallman brought me my 360 deal while I was half naked recovering from Pneumonia in a hotel room in LA. It was surreal. https://t.co/elEZuAtJan

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Not if you sign a 360 deal. If you got a sneaker sponsorship or a role on a tv show they have rights to a percentage of that money. https://t.co/ryefaRv7Yw

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Because some poor ass singer who was just sleeping on a studio floor eating ramen gets offered a million dollar check with 135% interest https://t.co/SqQvEdXSkI

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Yup. Clever right? It's was they would call internally a "Freier's deal" in Jewish business circles. https://t.co/wbYIeRl5em

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Scam is harsh & it depends on who is offering it. The Atlantic deals were Freier deals But a LiveNation 360 might actually be frigging great https://t.co/tvEze9Rhbq

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Because I didn't sign the 360 (which I offered to improve and make fair and less theoretical) I was personally punished ruthlessly by them. https://t.co/FQIyiQMPOY

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

Lyor's exact words 2 me in regards 2 my 360 deal were "if you grow cotton, why would you want to grow grapes?" @yoItsScotticus@WardDeandra

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

I don't tolerate REAL anti-semitism But I will not stand by as injustices based on a doctrine of "chosen & divine" rights are perpetuated https://t.co/HkIc6weKUM

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

I'm not gonna undo my reality for the sake of receiving a good boy pass because a misguided ADL thinks they can redefine truth as racism https://t.co/J1tIo1UYaG

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

You mean those dirty ass black execs who only sign female artists to fuck them in the microphone booth? https://t.co/4wWCTkEUa6

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

I lost. my fans set up a protest in front of the offices in NYC & Lyor came down w/ a boom box playin show goes on (NYPD kicked me out FYI) https://t.co/dWl9ZItPRO

— peace (@LupeFiasco) December 14, 2016

He criticized 360 deals and insisted that he never signed one, although he admitted that he only owns the masters to one of his albums: Food & Liquor. "I asked Lyor for my masters as real equity in their nutty 360 deal experiment. He smirked & said "what? Like in a suitcase? Lyor's exact words 2 me in regards 2 my 360 deal were 'if you grow cotton, why would you want to grow grapes?'" 

Lupe's tirade did not convince anyone that he is not anti-Semitic. When a fan asked him why no one had addressed these issue with the label, he responded, "Because the Jewish lawyer I hired to get me off Atlantic, was more interested in taking 5% of everything I did. He sent a bill for 100k."

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