Entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter smiles during a news conference at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Monday, May 14, 2012, in Philadelphia. The rapper announced plans for a two-day music festival in Philadelphia's at Fairmount Park, featuring nearly 30 acts "that embody the American spirit" on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Friday, July 13, 2012
A New York City clothing designer says Jay-Z and his former Roc-A-Fella record label partners owe him $7 million in unpaid royalties for designing their label logo.
Dwayne Walker said in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Thursday that he created the Roc-A-Fella design.
The lawsuit says the Bronx designer came up with the logo in 1995 when Roc-A-Fella was just starting out. The label is now a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.
The logo features the letter R, a record and a Champagne bottle.
The Daily News says Jay-Z's publicist did not respond to messages seeking comment.