As It Stands, Kanye West Can Never Retire

Kanye West. Photo by Carl Timpone/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (6069800ag)

Kanye West may have the dream job but Hollywood Reporter have revealed that he is contracted to do this job for the rest of his life. Basically… he can never retire.

The outlet shared a portion of his contract which states: “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.”

It continues: “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.)”

West is currently trying to free himself from this contract and maintain the rights for all the music he has created since 2010. He has been working for EMI since 2003 and has cited the California Labour Code that limits personal service contracts to a maximum of seven years.

If successful, Kanye West will be able to make music under his own terms. If he fails, it might just be that the rapper is doomed to make music until the day he dies.