Kanye is complaining that his 2003 contract was extended numerous times over the years, increasing the amount of songs he owes EMI and making the term of the deal essentially indefinite, since he can’t keep up with the ever-increasing demands. The original contract required him to write at least three “Full New Compositions” a year, a number that went up to six in one of the renewals.
But that term is a little tricky. If Kanye is credited with only writing a fraction of the song (and we all know how ‘Ye loves to collaborate), then he only gets that much credit towards a new composition. And currently, three of the six songs have to either appear on a solo album or be recorded by an artist whose previous album sold at least 600,000 copies. “As a practical matter,” his lawyers write, “this pressured Mr. West to increase his pace of recording his own studio albums.”