Kanye West sues for $10 million over quitting tour

Kanye West is filing a US$10 million (NZ$13.5 million) lawsuit aimed at insurers who didn't pay out after he quit his Saint Pablo tour in 2016.

The husband of Kim Kardashian cancelled 21 live shows after an infamous rant at a concert in California in which he attacked Beyonce and praised Donald Trump.

Kanye was hospitalised shortly after for psychiatric observation, suffering from a temporary psychosis stemming from sleep deprivation and extreme dehydration.

The 'Stronger' hitmaker's lawsuit, filed by Very Good Touring against insurers Lloyd's of London, reportedly alleges breach of contract and seeks punitive damages and legal fees beyond the US$9.8 million in concert losses.

"[Kanye and Very Good Touring have not been] provided anything approaching a coherent explanation about why they have not paid, or any indication if they will ever pay or even make a coverage decision, implying that Kanye's use of marijuana may provide them with a basis to deny the claim," the complaint states, according to reports.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday (local time) in a California federal court.