Chuck D is suing his former record label because he reportedly signed a publishing deal years ago which stripped him of ownership rights in Public Enemy.
Now he wants his coins back.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Chuck D claims in 2001, he entered in a publishing deal with a man named Michael Closter who convinced him to form a new independent music publishing company that would administer the publishing rights to his work, which included the rights to his works from his days with Def Jam.
The deal reportedly cost him well over $1 million and most of his publishing catalog.
The deal "created a complex master plan that involved, and still involves, unconscionable contracts, hidden transactions, false and fraudulent copyright registrations, and false incomplete accountings," he claims in the suit.
Anybody who knows what Chuck D stands for, know that he would never have knowingly signed away his publishing. He was not a great businessman at the time, he admits.
Chuck D is seeking the return of his copyright and suing for fraud. He is seeking damages in excess of $1 million.