Music mogul JAY-Z might have to dig deep into his pocket to help a potential legal nightmare go away. New reports claim a past affiliate wants to be paid royalties from his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt.
According to reports, a music veteran named Raynard “Ray Rae” Herbert is going the legal route to have Young Hov pay up. Herbert claims he helped JAY’s Roc-A-Fella secure a distribution deal in 1996 and ultimately had Hov agree to give him 1% of RD sales.
According to the docs … everything was going fine with the arrangement until November 2008, the last time Herbert claims he got paid. He says he reached out to Jay-Z’s peeps in May 2010 to inquire about his missing royalty checks, and also update his address … to no avail. Herbert claims since then, he’s not been paid his contractually promised 1% on “Reasonable Doubt.” He’s suing to get what he believes he’s owed … plus damages, interest and extra fees. (TMZ)
Back in 2014, an original Reasonable Doubt tracklisting surfaced.
An original tracklist for Jay Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt has surfaced online. Revealed by the album’s art director and designer, Adrien Vargas, the list reveals that the album was supposed to be three songs longer than it ended up becoming, with the “Dead Presidents” Remix serving as a bonus song. The three songs taken off, “The Hurt,” “Tell Me,” and “Hot,” have never been released, at least not under those titles. (Complex)
In 2013, JAY ranked his solo albums and put the classic debut atop the list.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic) 2. The Blueprint (Classic) 3. The Black Album (Classic) 4. Vol. 2 (Classic) 5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive) 6. Magna Carta (F*ckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail) 7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…f*ck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…) 8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money)) 9. Dynasty (Intro alone…) 10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto) 11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha) 12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me) (Life + Times)
In July 2013, JAY made a rare Twitter appearance and talked about his debut’s greatness.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
@S_C_ Do you think MCHG is is your best work?
— ❌FORCE (@Beyonce_Miami) July 8, 2013