Would Kanye West Be Able To Retire In The UK? Imagine being stuck working until the day that you die? Not a nice thought for anybody, but for one particularly popular rapper, it’s his current employment situation. Kanye West has reportedly tried releasing himself out of his contract with music label, EMI, after it has arisen that he’s tied into producing and creating music indefinitely. The rapper signed the contract, even though it didn’t have an end date.
A segment from his contract with the company reads as follows: “You (Mr. West) hereby represent and warrant that to [EMI] that You will, throughout the Term as extended by this Modification, remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation. At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date. (The preceding representation shall not be deemed to prevent You from taking a vacation of limited duration.)”
Kanye is suing EMI and his label after his attempt to buy back his publishing rights failed. The famed rapper/producer is seeking “freedom” from his contracts in regards to publishing and recording. The “no retirement” bit is his best chance at gaining back control.
So how would Kanye fair in a UK employment tribunial? We spoke to Liam Grime, Legal Advisor at ELAS, to see how the artist would compare across the pond.
“With regards to Kanye West specifically, as with any legally binding contract, he would be bound by its terms but any employment law factors that could potentially release him from the restriction that he is not allowed to retire would be based on USA employment law. The law surrounding retirement in the UK is simple, there is no statutory retirement age and an employee can choose to retire at a time they feel necessary. Furthermore, other article refer to the contract as a ‘personal service contract’ which I believe would be akin to a contract for services for self-employed individual in the UK. If that is the case, then there wouldn’t likely be any employment law rights applicable.”