Dash has filed suit against the hip-hop icon in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court, accusing the "Empire State of Mind" hitmaker, real name Shawn Carter, of illegally transferring the digital rights to his 1996 classic from their shared Roc-A-Fella Records to his own company, S. Carter Enterprises LLC.
According to paperwork lodged late on Tuesday (13Jul21), Dash is seeking at least $1 million (£721,750) in damages amid claims including unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, and conversion.
He did not include a detailed complaint in the initial filing, but the summons comes less than a month after Jay-Z successfully had Dash slapped with a temporary ban in his alleged efforts to sell an NFT (non-fungible token) of "Reasonable Doubt".
The rap superstar argued the NFT rights were not Dash's to sell as the album was released on Roc-A-Fella Records, the now defunct label co-founded and currently equally owned by Dash, Jay-Z, and fellow business partner Kareem "Biggs" Burke.
However, Dash is fighting back against the reports, insisting he is simply trying to find a buyer for his third of Roc-A-Fella, which Jay-Z is said to have previously offered to purchase in March (21), but at a price "deemed unacceptable."
That case is still ongoing.
Amid the feud over the rights to the album, Jay-Z teamed up with Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist Derrick Adams to create an animated digital artwork that recontextualizes the album's cover. He put the artwork on sale as NFT to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary.