JAY-Z sued over Reasonable Doubt royalties

Raynard Herbert claims he has not been paid for his work on the album since 2008.

June 14, 2018
JAY-Z sued over <I>Reasonable Doubt</i> royalties JAY-Z performs onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn, October 20, 2015.   Theo Wargo / Getty Images

JAY-Z is being sued over royalties relating to his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt, TMZ and Pitchfork reports. Raynard Herbert claims that he owns 1% of the rights to the album after mastering it and arranging distribution. He claims his payments for his work began in 1998 but stopped without explanation in 2008.Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Damon “Dame” Dash, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke are also named in the suit.


Herbert is seeking the money he is owed plus interest and damages under breach of contract and unjust enrichment. The FADER has reached out to JAY-Z's reps for comment.

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JAY-Z sued over Reasonable Doubt royalties