Black Sheep recently filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group for unpaid royalties. The rap duo claims that UMG has a special deal with Spotify that screws artists over their royalties and is suing UMG for $750 million. The legal documents state, "In the mid-2000s, Universal struck an undisclosed, sweetheart deal with Spotify whereby Universal agreed to accept substantially lower royalty payments on artists’ behalf in exchange for an equity stake in Spotify – then a fledgling streaming service." The docs continued, "Yet rather than distribute to artists their 50 percent of Spotify stock or pay artists their true and accurate royalty payments, for years Universal shortchanged artists and deprived plaintiffs and class members of the full royalty payments they were owed under Universal’s contract." It added, "For approximately a decade, Universal omitted from the royalty statements Universal issued to plaintiffs that it had received Spotify stock in connection with the 'use or exploitation' of Black Sheep recordings." UMG issued a statement that said, "Universal Music Group’s innovative leadership has led to the renewed growth of the music ecosystem to the benefit of recording artists, songwriters, and creators around the world. UMG has a well-established track record of fighting for artist compensation, and the claim that it would take equity at the expense of artist compensation is patently false and absurd. Given that this is pending litigation, we cannot comment on all aspects of the complaint."