News: Ghostface Killah Discusses RZA's Royalty Lawsuit Appeal, "At The End Of The Day, This Is Business"

Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 12:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Ghostface Killah has responded to The RZA's intent to appeal a $158,000 royalty lawsuit that Ghost won against him and said despite their Wu-Tang Clan relationship, the matter is strictly business.

While keeping details scarce, Ghost said he understood why RZA is not willing to easily hand over royalty payments.

"He might be talking about my publisher, who I made the publishing deal with," Ghost told radio personality Angela Yee. "This is what he do, he own it, he got a big catalogue worth of things. He look, does research. He owns a lot of records where people sample records from him and they gotta pay him... At the same time, I signed to his publishing company, so wherever he feels there's money that's owed to me, that's his job to go and check in to it... If you owe me money, if there's money that's supposed to be mine, I'm gonna check in and go after it... We talk, we seen each other in court, you gotta sit there. But at the end of the day, this is business. That's still my brother. I don't want nothing to happen to him or nothing like that. The same love I had for you then, I still have for you now. It just is what it is." (Team Yee)

RZA inked an open letter address to Ghost earlier this week.

"The case between Ghost and RZA is not closed yet," Bobby Digital wrote in a statement. "The judgment has not been entered yet, and we are appealing the case. I'm not appealing because I don't want to pay Ghost something that I owe him. Anything I owe him I would give him. He wouldn't have to go through the courts to get it from me..They've made millions based on my beats and bringing forth the reality of the Wu-Tang Clan. If I wasn't the producer and it was just a contract thing, maybe I'd feel more compassion. But trust me, when it comes to doing these records, I'm in the studio hundreds of days where they're here for 20-30 days. I'm in mastering, everywhere...Ghost made a deal with someone who thought they should get more from him than what they've got. So they're trying to infringe on the Wu-Tang brand. Ghost's catalogue is his catalogue, and now they want to try to get into our catalogue. They're trying through him..." (All Hip Hop)

Killah reportedly filed the lawsuit roughly four years ago.

Ghost filed the suit in 2005, accusing Diggs -- the producer/rapper and sometime leader of Wu-Tang -- of holding back royalties for several early Wu-Tang Clan albums. According to the complaints, Diggs was holding onto a 50% producer's fee, attesting he was owed the cut for creating the songs' musical beats. Ghost disagreed, alleging Diggs should have received a cut proportionate to the rest of the group's members, who were left to split the 50% cut that went to the lyric writers. (The Boom Box)

The case reportedly ended earlier this month.

Now after four years, court documents have appeared that cite that the case was settled and Face walked away more than $150,000 richer. His old Wu Tang fam, U-God, also served RZA with court papers alleging that he owed him $170,000 in royalties. That case is ongoing. (Hip Hop Wired)

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