Jay-Z, Roc-A-Fella Sued By NYC Designer Over Logo
Jay-Z and his Roc-A-Fella records have found themselves the victims of a newly filed lawsuit.
New York City clothing designer Dwayne Walker says that he created the label's design back in 1995, when Roc-A-Fella was getting its start, the AP reports. Roc-A-Fella is now a subsidiary of Universal Music Group and is distributed by The Island Def Jam Motown Music Group.
According to the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, Walker is seeking $7 million in unpaid royalties for designing the logo.
“The logo has become universally recognized as an iconic symbol of Jay-Z, one of the most successful recording artists in the history of popular music,” the suit says.
Jay-Z (nee Shawn Carter) officially founded the label with Damon "Dame" Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke in 1996 as an outlet for Jay-Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt. The label's emblem features the letter R, a record and a Champagne bottle.