Mobb Deep’s Prodigy looks to break free from UMG

November 2016

Recorded music


Having seemingly settled a legal action with Universal last November, Prodigy of Mobb Deep (Albert Johnson) is taking the industry powerhouse to court again, in efforts to completely break free from the major. HipHopDX reports that Prodigy’s attorney Corey D. Boddie said “This particular case involves Prodigy actually looking to get out of his contract based on what is called a ‘mutual mistake.’ There was a term in the actual agreement that was overlooked by both parties and because of that, Prodigy is looking to get out his contract.”
The suit was filed in New York and Boddie told HipHopDX that the only motivation behind the new case is the expiration of the contract and that this particular legal action is targeted against the publishing side of Universal.
“There is no motivation, in the contract there was what’s called a mutual mistake,” Boddie explains again. “That is a term of the contract that states that they were in the fifth option period. That fifth option period was exercised and over. They continued to refer to the fifth option period, so the lawsuit is basically saying ‘that’s a mistake, what option period are we in?’ We contend that we’re in no option period. So, therefore we’re not in an option period then there is no contract.”
Boddie also elaborated on the specifications of said mutual mistake saying, “Because of the previous contract they just assumed that Prodigy is still signed to them. We’re saying he’s not because, if you look at what period we’re in and what was delivered, that’s not the case.”

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