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Kanye West sued over allegedly unpaid $7.1 million production company fee | Kanye West


Kanye West has been sued by a production company alleging he failed to pay $7.1m (£6m) owed for work he did for the rapper’s gigs.

Los Angeles-based Phantom Labs created the setting – dubbed The Mound – for the Free Larry Hoover benefit concert in December 2021, where West performed alongside Drake. He also worked on a concert marking the release of the Donda 2 album, West’s Sunday Service gospel and prayer events, and his canceled 2022 Coachella performance.

“Despite receiving multiple demand letters from Phantom, the defendants inexplicably continue to withhold payment,” the lawsuit states.

In an accompanying statement, a spokesperson for the company said, “We are incredibly proud of the work we have done with Ye and are disappointed that such a successful relationship has come to this. A celebrity weaponizing fame and reputation to take advantage of enthusiastic collaborators is simply unacceptable.

West, who now legally goes by the name Ye, did not respond to the lawsuit. The Guardian has requested comment via its UK representatives.

Earlier this month, West faced a similar lawsuit from fashion rental company, David Casavant Archive, which alleges he stopped paying rental fees for 13 items that are ” rare and esteemed pieces, appreciated for their rarity and their importance in the history of fashion”. West has not commented on this allegation.

Last month, house music star Marshall Jefferson sued West, alleging he sampled Jefferson’s track Move Your Body without a license. In May, Texas-based Bishop David P Moten also sued West over an unauthorized sample, after fragments of a Moten sermon were used on the West Come to Life track.