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You don’t won’t it with Push!

“How could you ever right these wrongs/ When you don’t even write your songs?/ But let us all play along/ We all know what niggas for real been waitin’ on/ Push”Pusha T on Infared (Daytona, 2018)

Man, this rap battle between Drake and Pusha T has shown more character and flair on wax, than in years. It is like revival of character and of disses. The down low and nice talk is over. Pusha T from the Clipse is showing class and higher altitude than the most. He is not afraid to go against Drake, the Cash Money, Young Money rapper, who’s been on top of the game for the last few years.

People and commentators was saying, waiting for a response after the Duppy Freestyle, that Pusha was over with and that Drake had won the thing. However, with the latest track, certainly Drake has to come with something really profound and deep. Not to be upset, but really angry. He has to show a vicious side he hasn’t shown before. And that is not him, Drake is a soft and mellow character, who bitch about woman who doesn’t text quickly enough. Drake isn’t a gangster or a hard-core persona. That isn’t him and he should live with that, just like Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino is doing. It is okay, but don’t try to front on someone like Pusha, he will call you out and he did on ‘The Story of Adidon’.

“I really shouldn’t have given you none of my time/’Cause you older than the nigga you runnin’ behind/Look, holla at me when you multi-million/I told you keep playin’ with my name and I’ma let it ring on you/Like Virginia Williams”Drake on ‘Duppy Freestyle’ (2018)

That the ‘Duppy Freestyle’ was a positive response to the ‘Infrared’ from the Daytona LP. However, Drake has to come something more unique and show other tools to take down the recent track. As the revelations and the stories are so shoddy, that the meekest turns into their dark-side.

Pusha T has the upper-hand, he has shown even with waiting for three days, that he could answer Drake. It was seemingly like the battles between Nelly and KRS-One, that the one with the biggest machinery would win, in this instance Drake, as he has the Cash Money and the giant fan-base compared to Pusha T and Good Music. However, now it seems like a open playing field. As the exposure and the title is exposing a naked truth that Drake doesn’t want out or has tried to hide. That is really going all out, but that was in response of mocking Pusha T’s fiancé. Clearly, that backfired. Backfired with all cylinders.

Because now you see the significant difference between them, as Pusha goes directly at Drake, he is not attacking Birdman or Lil Wayne, which is still done in passing. As the knowledge of the messed up practices between the artists and the label is well documented at this point. That is why Birdman has to answer all the litigations and the label-mates leaving because of the practices done there.

“We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts/You are hiding a child, let that boy come home/Deadbeat mothafucka, playin’ border patrol, ooh/Adonis is your son/And he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that’s real/Love that baby, respect that girl/Forget she’s a pornstar, let her be your world, yuugh!”Pusha T on ‘Story of Adidon’ (2018).

Pusha T answered it all and fired back. This will hard to come back from and answer too. As the reality is the exposure and stories told on Adidon is showing a character side of Drake, that isn’t the heartthrob, but a dead-beat-dad and in this day and age. That is not a good look. It has never been a good look, especially when your supposed to be as wealthy and successful as Drake. That he cannot spend his time with his kid and acknowledge his seed. That is really hurting the pride of Drake and his camp should feel it. But that is because he mocked Pusha for being engaged to someone, like that was a bad thing. By the way, I don’t get why that is bad.

After this sort of affair, what did really ‘Duppy’ have? Right? Not much, other than hype, just like if you would read the bar for bar fight between KRS and Nelly from the early 2000s. It would feel like repeat. What Drake should have known, that Pusha will go all out and not stop at anything. He is no Meek Mill, he is a pure lyricists and that has been known for a long-long time. Proven by the recent joints.

So if he fires back, he has to go deep into the tool shed and really light a fire, but will Drake have it? I don’t know, but to go as hard as this, then your really digging deep. Sort of like Jay Z on ‘Super Ugly’ where he did say:

“Me and the boy A.I. got more in common than just balling and rhyming/Get it? More in Carmen/I came in your Bentley backseat, skeeted in your Jeep/Left condoms on your baby seat”Jay Z on ‘Super Ugly’ (December 2001).

That is the next level for Drake. However, will he go there and does he dare to go there? Because that is the next step, that is the upgrade from Duppy and to be able to counter Pusha at this point. Peace.

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The State of current day Hip Hop and my take on it!

Let’s be clear at one point, I had all the information and new the releases. I listen to all hot mixtapes coming out. I was on point. I knew what was happening with Big K.R.I.T. and Yo Gotti. I knew about the possible releases from Cash Money. I could get the needed information of the artists signed to T.I. and the ones who was on Aftermath. Even the ones that was prospects on Bad Boy. Now, I know squat and living well. My Hip Hop blog ‘As Silent as the Pope’ (ASAP08) is history and ended suddenly in 2008. Now, my pages had since than had a different focus and scope. More worldly as you may, but still some rare post about music. Because music moves all of us, but just as my blogs changes, I have changed with time. I have evolved and so has my scopes and what I narrate, when I write. Therefore, the musical drama, the contracts, the newbies and the Hip Hop Industry doesn’t fetch the same dynamic within me. I still listen to the tunes, but is not as connected as back in the day. When I used lots of times, listen to interviews and was on.

Therefore, this post is to prove my view from the outside. After being a keen follower 10 years ago. Still listening to albums, but not as connected as before. Because I am more political after years of studies, a bachelor degree and becoming mature. That is just life catching up and Alfamega never got over the snitching paradigm and loss of Grand Hustle contract, I suppose.

When we are at this stage and the changes. As many are irrelevant and the approach to the art-form I love has changed. That is natural, just as I have evolved, the art-form does too. The Hip Hop landscape wouldn’t be same as I left it. There has always been artist living on hot beats and trashy talk with no common sense. Don’t tell me ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ was lyrical masterminds, even if Q-Tip has enough skills to kill me in one-bar. Still. On the same manner ‘Fat Boys’ wasn’t brilliant either, but they we’re entertaining. Therefore, when I say certain types of music isn’t good now. That might be true, they are entertaining today, but will you pick a LP by Lil Pump in 10 years time? I doubt it. It is cool now to be listening to ‘Gucci Gang’, but in a decades time, I doubt it will get better like fine wine.

The proof that a project is good is that you have a feeling you can listen to the LP years after it was released and still be relevant. The production might be dated, but the elements, the lyrical mastering and the topics is as relevant today as when it was released. That is for me an important matter. That I can pick up an older LP and it will still be banging. It will still move me and question my own thinking on the matter. Even see something new in it. Why I say this is the modern-day bashing of Tupac Shakur. The legend, the hero and the man who brought THUG LIFE to the forefront.

Because of everyone saying they are like Tupac. I started listening to his albums again, and especially ‘The Don Killuminati: The 3 Day Theory’ and its has the firepower that some of the current music today is missing. That Phryme has it place, its the old-school vibe and quality bars from Royce Da 5’9″ but not the political motivation. That is more Lupe Fiasco and he is trying. I am still listening to Lasers, the Cool and the Food and Liquor Part 2. However, the miles behind good and relevant albums are hard. Not that the Jadakiss & Fabolous project isn’t good, it is brilliant, but it hasn’t enough edge.

There are enough artists, but their tracks doesn’t shine through and some of the big men who has been big. Don’t need the center stage, they can rest on their past victories. If that is the Wu Tang Clan that dropped a project. Certain songs there was banging, but not the whole thing. The most consistent projects in while from Young Jeezy dropped, the Pressure LP, but without a ‘I Luv It’, the public is not picking up on it. That is how today is, you need the swagger jacking singles to matter. Even if the projects are good and are on point.

I don’t know if I will listen to Phryme 2 in 5 years, but I am listening still now and then to the first release of Phryme. I am still listening to previous LPs of Jadakiss and mixtapes from Fabolous. They are not far in my music-player. I am not even on Spotify or Tidal or whatever streaming-service. Because I like listening to whole projects. I am old-school like that.

Because I am old-school, I am not a fan of biting, imitation and taking inspiration is cool, paying homage to the ones before is cultural appreciation. Like I was amazed when Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis had features of Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel and Kool Moe Dee on their single ‘Downtown’. I had goosebumps before putting it on the first time. They didn’t have to this, but they decided to do it. That is what we need to see, because the new generation of music listeners doesn’t care.

This will be the same ignorant story of the time when Nelly had beef with KRS One. Where they both was claiming their place in the game and that Nelly was relevant and KRS was trying to eat of his plate. However, the point wasn’t there, but that Nelly should respect what KRS did to the game. Now, I am sure that Nelly feels like funny feature for many, as he is on Georgia Flordia Line ‘Cruise’ and isn’t the Head Honcho anymore. Other people has taken his place and Drake singing hook has taken over. That is just the way it is.

But the biting is taking to far for me. That is why I have a hard time listening to Cardi B and her kind. That is why anyone T-Paining and Future sort-of-rappers are to much for me. I had a hard enough time listening to Method Man and Jadakiss with a minute or two on Autotune. There has to make sense, Desiigner and the likes. Will be daft in the dustbin, there is enough talented MCs awaiting their spot and to drop something significant and meaningful. Then I don’t mean Logic or G-Easy, no they doesn’t entertain me even.

I just wonder when Biting was acceptable, when the copying and pasting, the ghostwriting levels was okay. There has always been that, but more for producers becoming rappers like Dr. Dre and the likes. Not the supposed to be hottest hot like Cardi. They we’re supposed to drop the bars and be the rawest MC. Now, I am sure anyone can lyrically defeat Cardi, because her team handle her bars and she just market her songs. If that is enough for this generation. I am sorry, I am not jumping on the bandwagon. I am not, even if liked the ghostwriting for Dr. Dre, there is fine line between them.

Not that I am big Nicki Minaj or Remy Ma. Both of them can spit and write their own bars. Even if the previous Terror Squad LP only had like three or four good songs. While Nicki has long time between hard-core bars and been radio friendly, not for the hip-hop crowd. That is understandable as the label and herself want a bigger crowd for herself. But they are both better at the craft than Cardi. Even if Cardi is the thing now. I am still not following. Maybe, because I am old-school in my mid-30s.

That is why I am not on Datpiff or even on HipHopDX, buying XXL every month or even looking a the Source. That is why I loose out, and suddenly guys like 21 Savage and others suddenly pops-up on the scene without any notice. Not that I buy into it the stick, but if a song is good. I check out more. But many falls through, because they are feature artists in my eyes like French Montana. Tell me one whole project you have loved, through and through, where he a stand-out artist? No, I thought so, he is no Pusha T or Cyhi Da Prince.

Let’s be clear, this is my rambling, as someone a bit of bounds. That used to be into it and listening closely. When people was waving to get Pimp C out of jail, when Houston was taking over. When Miami had prospects, more than just Trick Daddy. That was the time I was in, when Dip Set was still relevant and Cam’ron wasn’t just trolling 50 Cent. And when 50 Cent was gangster and not a TV Producer. Well, that was the days. Those days are numbered. However. I am not, I still follow, but from a narrow scope and randomly picking up LPs that sounds good and might have hope.

There will come new talent that will catch my ear and take my breathe away, but that is harder than before. Because I don’t need no to buy no LP like Cassidy’s ‘Split Personality’, that was a whack CD from a promising talent. Another one, that had deserved more credit is Saigon, whose delivered good LP’s, but very few has cared. There will always be like this, why I haven’t mentioned Nas or Jay-Z, well, they both should retire, maybe even Scarface, even if I respect all three. But this is game for yungin’s, but they should pay respect to the ones that opened the door in for them. That is lacking in our time.

J.Cole who dropped a project I will listen more to in coming days, paid respect to Nas and Jay-Z on his projects in the past. Waka Flacka Flame even dropped respect to the ones before him. It would be nice to the newbies doing the same, but there is less of it. Not biting their lines, but saying, I am dropping trap music because of T.I. and Three 6 Mafia. Juicy J is the reason why I make songs for Stip-Clubs. Let’s be honest, that is the little token of credit that the other artists deserves, the ones that built a career, surely Nelly would like some credit today for his Mid-West Rap-Game. But I haven’t heard any give him anything. It is just like KRS-One felt back in the day.

Well, this was my musical rant of the month and year 2018. I am out of the loop and its cool. But I still know this thing. I don’t care of the newbies doesn’t, but they should check the records, should listen to old-school and understand the craft. Not just think they can do everything because it is easy to upload and get social media crowds. Because, the people like doesn’t eat out of their hands and doesn’t pay for their LPs, unless it hopefully gets better like wine. If it doesn’t I have no reason to pick it up and bump it. I will just download, have one listen and let it go. Like I did to many Gorilla Zoe Mixtapes back in the day. You got to drop quality and show your value. I don’t care what Lil B or whatever whats his face, even ‘Tyler the Creator’ has lost his shock value, just like Lana Del Rey did.

Unless, your as foolish and dumb like Taylor Swift to cover ‘September’ of Earth, Wind and Fire. Than, I won’t care, because usually people aren’t that insensitive. But there is some who will take it further and not think of the consequences and the reactions to their raps. That Cardi copied Kodak Black, wasn’t cool, even if he gave credit and she got hit. But for me, that isn’t my thing. She should have her own style, but she is mixing it up and is proud of it. That is a disgrace for the art-form. But that is just me…. Peace.

Cash Money Records have a broken record when it comes to coughing-up the Cash Money to their artists/producers/sampled-artist… Sounds not like a record business, but instead very close to a racket from Birdman and Slim by now…

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“[Birdman] doesn’t need any more money” (…)”I tease him about it. It’s not about the money for them. For them, it’s about success. It’s about proving, ‘Yes, we’ve done this, but guess what: not only can we maintain this, we can beat this” – Jay Sean in 2013 (Greenburg, 2013).

The Birdman aka Baby aka Bryan Willams, the entrepreneur of Cash Money Records which have made genuine deals with Universal Media Group (UMG). The Company he have run and with the deals done with Lil Wayne’s aka Dwayne Michael Carter’s Young Money which is a business branch of the Cash Money. So there been a long rate of artists under these recording companies and businesses that have had issues with Cash Money. As the men and woman who have had contracts in the company been far from straight. Even if the contracts have been straight, the practice of following up on the contracted payments have been shallow or little to be gentle. All of the recents issues between Cash Money Records and both former Artists and Producers says itself. Right?

There been surrounded of controversy with back-payments, royalties and contracts disputes that been frequent from the record label that Birdman have been running. It’s not like the world haven’t discussed that matter of fact and that are bases into the alleged laundering of money from the artist to the grand wealth of the label head. As there are from time to time new allegations and new artists either trying to get a settlement or be released from Cash Money rooster.

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So the way the business been driven have been in a way it seems that the head is getting wealth while starving the artists and trying to hide the fact. The reason why it is touchy for Birdman is that the gig is up and he can’t hide the fact. As nearly all of the original “Hot Boyz” have left the fold. Juvenile went and came back. B.G. is independent and was for a hot-minute on Atlantic before the current jail-time. Turk have left the fold. The main producer Mannie Fresh left the fold to after reaching a settlement. The only original artist left at Cash Money is Lil Wayne who also “runs” the Young Money Recording Company under Cash Money. So an artist who signs to Young Money will split the money through the UMG/Cash Money and then Young Money. So there are lots of label heads who earns capital on the produced music from Young Money before the initial artist get their check. In midst of this, there is also the reluctant accountability from the central leadership of Cash Money. As the information from Birdman and others are nearly non-existence and that breach of public trust shows the reason for why the Breakfast Club and their radio hosts can question the companies approach and the dealings of Birdman. As I will some former issues between Birdman and his artists. As there been a few over the years; and it does not stop and can’t stop Birdman he is a Bad Boy for life. Pardon the pun, but couldn’t help myself!

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Just like Juvenile of the original crew who have gone back and forth have done this:

In 2004: “I am thrilled that we were able to bring Juvenile and UTP into the Atlantic fold” (…)”Atlantic Records Group Co-Chairman/COO Craig Kallman told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “Juvenile is the real deal – an uncompromising artist of phenomenal talent who has only scratched the surface of his creative potential. A pioneer in the fertile southern Hip-Hop movement, Juvenile put New Orleans on the national rap map. Now, with these companion deals, we not only welcome Juvenile to Atlantic, but we have the great bonus of bringing his whole crew on board through his own UTP label. Juvenile has long been a signature artist in the Hip-Hop community, and he now becomes the latest high-profile artist to join Atlantic’s rapidly burgeoning urban roster.”(AllHiphop, 2004). In 2012:“I am truly excited to say that it’s a new day. There are a lot of old interviews out there that can reflect old negativity. Luckily, in recent months, circumstances brought me and Cash Money back together and I was able to re-unite with members of my original crew,” Juvenile says in a recent statement” (…)”That’s why we all have decided to leave negativity in the past. I am truly looking forward to the future and to my future work with Baby, Lil Wayne , YMCMB and Cash Money. “Picture Perfect” is the beginning and we have a lot more to come. Get ready!” (Platon, 2012).

He has gone so much back and forth between the Cash Money and spoken so madly about the practices that its weird that he has returned again. As the Cash Money records can pawn him when needed. This because he doesn’t have the traction or the play that he used to. When was the last relevant track from Juvenile we’re “Slow Motion” featuring Soulja Slim in 2004? It’s a decade ago and by now his bad deals and settlements with Cash Money does not give the returns he wished by the former results and sales in the starting stages of the Cash Money Records. Juvenile and Lil Wayne are the ones from the original crew that is left there. So that says a lot. Will go through bunch of court decisions and shows the level of foul play from the management towards their own Recording Artist, Producers and Sampling Artists. That shows the tracks and the road that the Cash Money Records do. If they didn’t then they wouldn’t get into all these court cases to fix the money issue between fellow artists and other needed personnel for their success. Take a look! 

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Mannie Fresh Settlement:

“Producer Mannie Fresh and Cash Money Records have reached an out of court settlement. A representative for Universal Records, Cash Money’s distributor, said, “Cash Money Records has reached an amicable agreement with former in-house producer Mannie Fresh. Per the agreement, neither party can discuss the terms.” Fresh, who provided the musical backdrop for a large percentage of Cash Money Records’ hits, left the label last year over a financial dispute” (Artisan News Service, 2006).

As you see even in 2005 the in-house producer and the one who has produced most of the first hits of the Recording Company needed to come to settlement before release as the shady dealings are evident. Especially since the Recording Company and Former Artist have undisclosed the agreement and cannot discuss the terms of the settlement. The grey dealings like this are why people have lots of questions to Birdman and the Cash Money Records for their deals with their employees or their artists. In a sense that is reasonable!

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Jay Sean leaves and settles with Cash Money on royalties’ dispute:

OFM: I’ve always had a good relationship with Slim and Baby. Slim always liked that we always gave them high energy records. I called Slim and told him how we had this kid that we was working with, he just sold 150 thousand units worldwide, 20 million views on his lead single. At the time, I had taken Jay to all the major labels, Def Jam, Epic, Columbia, Capitol, they all turned him down. I figured, who else would understand an underdog like Slim and Baby. So took him to Slim and Baby and they loved him. Next thing you know, they flew him down to Miami and the rest is history” (Jeremiah, 2012). He leaves Cash Money and said this in an interview: “It wasn’t! It wasn’t a decision at all – it was something I had to do. All of those kind of decisions I’ve made in my life have never been daunting. Walking away from medicine, walking away from Virgin records, moving to America, walking away from Cash Money – I don’t really over think these things. I firmly believe that everything is written. That’s how I look at things in life, so when something is going to happen it will happen, and that’s why I don’t really fear anything anymore. When I feel something in my gut and something tells me to get out I don’t even think about it” (Combo-Kainth, 2014).  Later this happen: “Hip-hop mogul Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams has been ordered to pay $1.1 million (£785,000) to the producers behind a string of songs recorded by his former artist Jay Sean” (…)”The case went to court this week (begs22Feb16) and a judge has since ruled in Orange Factory Music bosses’ favour, awarding them compensation for producing songs including Down, Do You Remember, Fire, and Lights Off” (WENN, 2016).

When Jay Sean the RnB singer and Recording Artist together with Orange Factory Music had to get the Cash Money Records to cough up royalties proves how the company is structured and how the demean the artist. To such a level that the artist themselves says straight away in the interview that there we’re no choice, but to leave. That must be hurting for Birdman, that is his company and the former employee saying it was no choice and decisions, but to leave the company. So the company also get ordered to back-pay both Jay Sean and the producers of hits that made profits for Cash Money in 2008 and 2009 proves the ability of stifling the ones that creates wealth. As the hits and profits on Jay Sean happen years ago and the court judgement happen in 2016. So the money have been stalled and the promised through agreements between the artist, the producers and the Cash Money have not been straight!

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JAS Prince Sues Drake Management/Young Money:

“Drake into entering an exclusive recording agreement and an exclusive management agreement (hereinafter “the agreement”) with the two of them and Defendant Bryant was to use his influence to compel Lil Wayne to sign and promote Drake to and through Lil Wayne’s record company YME, once Drake had signed the agreements. They also agreed to develop and exploit Drake’s entertainment services together and split profits therefrom accordingly. Furthermore, in defense and acknowledgement to Plaintiff Jas Prince father, James Prince Sr’s long-standing relationship with CMR, the distributor of YME, it was agreed that plaintiff Jas Prince and James Prince Sr. would consult with them and take the lead on their business dealings with YME and CMR” (…)”Upon learning about these events, in or around July 2009, it became immediately apparent that Defendant Bryant had no intention of honoring his agreement with Plaintiffs, but instead intended to oust Plaintiffs from the Drake business” (…)”Despite numerous verbal promises and Defendants express promises in the Settlement Agreement to use their “best efforts” to do so, Defendants have refused to execute the letter of direction that would allow Plaintiffs to be paid and accounted directly from YME/CMR” (…)”To date, Defendants have failed to pay Plaintiffs their share of the Profits in accordance with the Settlement Agreement” (McMilian, 2012).

As we can see here is more shady dealings between Young Money and its management that also is close connected to Lil Wayne. So the Cash Money Records dealings are shown to disrespect the long-term relationship between J. Prince and the Houston, Texas music recording family that had an Management Contract with Drake before he was entering an agreement with Young Money/Cash Money Records. Therefore stifling Jas Prince and his management company seems to be the business-model of Cash Money as they are third partner who does not get what the agreed fees between the companies. Therefore the suit from Jas as he wanted his cut as the agreement from Drake was viable and agreed on before going into the Young Money Entertainment.

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Soundkillers LLC sues Cash Money in 2014:

“On and around August 26, 2011, Plaintiff entered into and executed a written agreement (the “Producers Agreement”) with Defendant Young Money to furnish Mr. Owen’s Production Services to Defendant Young Money on a non-exclusive basis in connection with producing one master sound recording title “Mirror” (the “Master Recording”), embodying the performance in Young Money’s recording artist Dwayne Carter professionally known as “Lil Wayne” (…)”In fact, in August 2011, Defendants released the “Carter IV” album (the “Album”) embodying the Master Recording, which was produced by Plaintiff for Defendants under the terms of the Producer Agreement” (…)”In short, Defendants owe Plaintiff significant sums of money stemming from the Producer Agreement and Master Recording” (…)”Despite demand, Defendants have failed and/or refused to pay Plaintiff the Plaintiff’s share of the royalties stemming from the exploitation of the Master Recording and the underlying composition thereof” (Judge Freeman, 2014).

As you can see even a producer have not gotten the accounted royalties that stemmed from a successful recording sold through the Cash Money/Young Money/Universal Company as it was a single on the highly profitable Album Carter IV; and surely was after the agreement deemed for royalties that was entitled in the pre-made contract. Another proof of how Birdman is stifling the ones making him money. As even a not-well-known producer have to sue him and the companies that are run by him to get the royalties for his work and his production to the credited song from the successful album.

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Turk sues Cash Money in 2015:

“Plaintiff has not been paid any artist royalties and music publishing royalties, leaving substantial amounts due and owing by Defendants in accordance with the terms and conditions of the foregoing agreements. No accountings of artist royalties or music publishing royalties have ever been rendered by Defendants to Plaintiff” (…)”his Court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332 because Virgil and Defendants reside in different states and the amount in controversy in this action, exclusive of interest and costs, exceeds the sum or value of $75,000.00” (…)”Upon information and belief, under the terms of the Exclusive Artist Recording Agreements, Cash Money agreed to pay to Plaintiff (a) artist advances, (b) artist royalties, (c)  publishing advances, and (d) music publishing royalties, all pursuant to the terms and conditions contained in the Exclusive Artist Recording Agreements” (…)”Upon information and belief, Defendants have received millions of dollars in advances and revenues from UMG, and other third party licensees, from the sound recordings and musical compositions created in whole or in part by Plaintiff” (…)”Plaintiff is entitled to an accounting from Defendants to ascertain the damages suffered by Plaintiff resulting from Defendants’ breach of their fiduciary obligations, and to determine the amounts owed to Plaintiff in advances, artist royalties and music publishing royalties from the sale and licensing of albums, the master recordings embodied upon the albums, and the musical compositions embodied upon the master recordings contained on the albums and singles, inclusive of all digital download and ringtone sales, released or otherwise exploited by Defendants” (…)”Defendants have thereby breached the Exclusive Artist Recording Agreements causing damage to Plaintiff in an amount to be determined at trial, not less than $1,300,000.00” (Patrick E. Costello, 2015).

Here is one of the first Markie artist that established the Cash Money Records, one of them that was vital for the existence of the Cash Money records that Birdman holds so dear and is his “creation” and his business. Certainly without the Hot Boyz and their success the money train would not have come. But when Turk as a significant artist on the label comes with this sue and court order towards the Cash Money Records and Birdman it shows how the riches have been spoilt. Instead of paying Turk for his music, his composure and his parts of being a member in the Hot Boyz; instead the management and company spend the money away. That shows that ability of shady business agreements that the company has. As we could see with Mannie Fresh’s the in-house producer, and now Turk gone through the same thing and had to sue to get their royalties and their deserved compensation for their work.

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Not paying for sampling for single of Drake under Cash Money/Young Money:

“On October 20, 2011, DMG Clearances, Inc., a music clearance and licensing company, on behalf of Defendants, entered into written sample clearance agreements with recording artist Cedric Hill (the Sample Agreements ) whereby Mr. Hill agreed to license his interests in recordings that he owned entitled “Swanging and Banging”and “Sailing Da South” (collectively, the Sampled Recordings ) for inclusion in the new sound recordings entitled “Over My Dead Body” and “H.Y.F.R. (Hell Yeah Fucking Right)” (collectively, the New Recordings ) that were originally recorded and performed by the recording artist Aubrey “Drake” Graham professionally known as Drake ( Artist )” (…)”The Sampled Recordings licensed by Mr. Hill were used directly or indirectly by the Defendants and their affiliates in the creation of the New Recordings, which were thereafter exploited and sold by Defendants when in November 2011, Defendants Young Money and Cash Money, Republic Records a/k/a Universal Republic, and Universal Records a division of UMG Recordings Inc, commercially released artist’s “Take Care” album (the “Album”); embodying the New Recordings containing samples of the Sampled Recording” (…)”Defendant Cash Money expressly agreed to remunerate Mr. Hill with a two and a half percent (2.5%) royalty “price per dealers”(pro-rated by the numbers of tracks on particular configuration) on exploitations of the New Recordings in physical products, digital downloads and ringtones in all media or configurations now known or hereinafter devised, which applies on both audio and audio visual use of the New Recordings (the “Second Royalty”)” (…)”Pursuant to the Assignment Agreement Mr. Hill granted to Plaintiff the sole and exclusive right, throughout the Territory, to collect all monies earned with respect to the First Royalty and Second Royalty, and all monies that Mr. Hill is eligible to receive and under the terms of the Sample Agreement” (…)”As result of failing to respond  to the Cure Notice, Defendant Cash Money was in material breach of the Sample Agreements under the terms of the same. Counsel for Plaintiff sent counsel for Defendant Cash Money confirmation of the material breach on November 13, 2013 (the “Confirmation of Material Breach,” Exhibit D hereto)” (MFMnG, 2015).

Here is another recent story of a single used to gain sales for Cash Money and the usage of another man’s property under agreement with the management of another artist. This was to salvage most as possible from Cash Money who has already made profits by using the sampling of another artists songs onto a single for Album of Drake. This proof how shady the agreements are as they don’t even pay-up for services to sample tracks from other artist to make their own songs. That is belittling and proves the detailed practices of Cash Money.

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Lil Wayne sues Cash Money in 2015:

“Demand $ 51,000,000” (…)”On or about February 20, 2003, Carter and Cash Money entered into a self-styled “Memorandum of Agreement” (the “2003 Label Agreement) for the creation of Young Money Label joint venture for the common purpose of the manufacture, distribution, promotion and exploitation of recordings containing the performances of new recordings artists who would be signed by the Young Money Label following approval by Carter and Cash Money, the sole owner of the joint venture” (…)”Beginning at latest in 2013, Cash Money failed to provide proper monthly accounting to Carter and/or Young Money LLC and failed to make timely accounting and/or payments of net profits due  to Carter and/or Young Money LLC pursuant the 2003 Label Agreement, as amended. In addition, Cash Money failed to make required overhead payments of Two Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) per calendar quarter to the Young Money and also failed to maintain to escrow account funded with one million dollar ($1,000,000.00) for overhead payment for the Young Money Label” (…)”With regard to the 2009 Drake Letter Agreement, Cash Money, since at latest early 2012, has failed to account to Young Money LLC on a monthly basis and has failed to pay Young Money LLC its share of net receipts with regard to solo recording of Drake released by the Young Money Label. Cash Money have failed to provide a single accounting in respect of the exploitation of the Drake recordings, despite Drake being one of the bestselling recording artists in the recent years” (…)”Cash Money also failed to properly register the copyright in the Young Money Label recordings as jointly owned by Cash Money and Carter/Young Money LLC. Cash Money refused to accept artist’s submitted by Carter to join the Young Money Label. Cash Money failed to account and pay monies due to various third parties involved with recording artists signed to the Young Money Label. Such failures have resulted in legal actions against the Young Money Label and/or Plaintiff and additional financial losses for plaintiff” (…)”Despite being obligated to do so, as of the date of this complaint, Cash Money has not registered Carter as co-owner of the sound recordings contained in the album entitled “I Am Not A Human Being II”, which was delivered for the fourth option period. Upon information and belief, in breach of the 2008 amendment, Cash Money registered the copyright in such sound recordings solely in the name of Cash Money” (Michael B. Kramer & Associates, 2015).

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Cash Money versus WIMP/TIDAL:

“Defendants have been, and are continuing to, feature and promote Carter’s recordings throughout the world via Defendants’ fledgling digital streaming music service known as “Tidal,” all in brazen defiance of CMR’s exclusive rights under the exclusive recording agreement” (…)”Defendants have induced Carter to breach CMR’s exclusive recording agreement, by, among other things, purporting to acquire CMR’s exclusive rights to exploit sound recordings performed and recorded by Carter. CMR has paid Carter tens of millions of dollars pursuant to the terms of its Recording Agreement with Carter and, accordingly, CMR has a substantial investment and interest in the manner in which Carter Recordings are exploited” (…)”Specifically, beginning on or about July 3, 2015, Tidal began streaming Carter’s FWA  album which includes sixteen Carter Recordings (the “Unauthorized Recordings”)” (…)”Defendants have touted their “exclusive” release of the FWA album. The image below shows Tidal’s webpage on or about July 9, 2015” (…)”As a result of Defendants’ improper conduct, CMR has suffered significant damages, including but not limited to lost revenues and loss of control over the content of its artist, Carter, and the resulting diminution in value of Carter’s work” (Alan R. Friedman, 2015).

There been talking settlements on both Lil Wayne cases both with Tidal and between Cash Money Records and the Young Money Artist, and label head. But the time will tell if the companies combined does themselves well, as the open friction have occurred not only in the court-room and in suits against each other. That is the reason for the “Free Wayne Album” at Tidal and the mess it made for Birdman and Cash Money. As this proved the ability for Lil Wayne to counter the management and leadership of his CEO Bryant Williams as proven in the inaction of releasing a album from him.

The determination and the digression and the attitude to the coming cases upon case coming with the demeanor of suits from producers, artists, sampling and fellow builders of the company as Mannie Fresh and Turk. Says a lot of the model of unpaid for services rendered the Cash Money Records and their Label Young Money Entertainment. As the Copyright issues, misuse of sampling or even not paying of royalties set the figures and gives us questions to the savvy business practice of the Recording Company and their use of employees or giving the fixed fees as set in the contracts. Since they don’t do that; that in away set precedence for how Birdman aka Baby aka Bryan Williams shady dealing and stifling the artist, the producers and the ones they sample music from even. That is not business, but nearly a racket. A conspiracy to contractual deceive and steal other people’s work for own gain. While selling the stolen property for own monetary gain for Williams and Cash Money and not the ones initially producing or having the copyrights to the music that Cash Money/Young Money/ Universal is selling. That is exploitation and not honoring the fellow signed members of either parts of the business, but taking their work and thieving. Therefore having to go to court to get what is yours instead of being paid for service rendered. That would be proper way, like ordinary men and woman get paid for working hours, the sales and distribution of the music from Cash Money should give royalties and payments that was offered in their initial contracts and not the ones that saves the Cash Money Record Company in their settlements.

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Birdman can muffle an interview at the Breakfast Club in New York, but the systematic practice towards own musicians and producers cannot be forgiven. The reason for fellow men and woman who have worked and made massive profits for Birdman should get their returns and ends. As Birdman tries the Ruthless Records, the Death Row and the other back-ways to paying their “ends” to the artist while flying high on the profits and hoping that the artist doesn’t understand the thieving from CEO and Bosses of Cash Money Records; that is what it is as the systematic taking away from royalties and contractual payment. It think that is enough for today. Peace.

Reference:

AllHipHop – ‘Juve Leaves Cash Money… Again’ (13.07.2004) link: http://www.rapbasement.com/juvenile/juve-leaves-cash-money-again.html

Artisan News Service – ‘MANNIE FRESH SETTLES WITH CASH MONEY RECORDS’ (16.06.2006) link: http://www.artisannews.com/mannie-fresh-settles-with-cash-money-records/

Platon, Adelle – ‘Juvenile Releases Statement About His Future With Cash Money/YMCMB’ (06.11.2012) link: http://www.vibe.com/2012/11/juvenile-releases-statement-about-his-future-cash-moneyymcmb/

Cash Money Records V. Aspiro AB, WIMP Music AS and WIMP INC (16.07.2015) – Alan R. Friedman

Combo-Kainith, Reena – ‘EXCLUSIVE!! JAY SEAN INTERVIEW’ (22.11.2014) link: http://www.ikonzmag.co.uk/exclusive-jay-seans-interview/

Greenburg, Zack O’Malley – ‘The Cash Money Way: Drake, Jay Sean And Birdman Explain’ (27.03.2013) link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2013/03/27/the-cash-money-way-drake-jay-sean-and-birdman-explain/#65d47f7a3a57

James (JAS) Prince and Young Empire Music Group LLC V. Aspire Music Group LLC, Cortez Bryant, Laurent Management LLC, Three Kings LLC, Gerald Roberson and Derrick Lawerence  – James E. McMilan (Attorney) –  (23.07.2012)

Jeremiah – ‘Behind the music: Orange Factory Music speaks on Jay Sean, Cash Money, licensing and more.’ (29.06.2012) link: http://istandardproducers.com/behind-the-music-orange-factory-music-speaks-on-jay-sean-cash-money-licensing-and-more/

Lil Wayne V. Cash Money – 28.01.2015, New York – Michael B. Kramer & Associates

MFMnG Production LLC V. Young Money Entertainment (15.03.2015) – New York

Soundkiller V. Cash Money – 30.09.2014, Manhatten, New York – Magistrate Judge Freeman

Tab Vigril Jr. aka “Turk” V. Cash Money Records (05.02.2015) – Patrick E. Costello

WENN – ‘Judge Orders Cash Money Bosses To Pay Up In Jay Sean Royalties Dispute’ (24.02.2016),  Link: http://www.contactmusic.com/jay-sean/news/judge-orders-cash-money-bosses-to-pay-up-in-jay-sean-royalties-dispute_5147855#zzfv55ftAm1dh0Gl.99

Mack the more – Grammy’s 2014 (mine kommentar til tragedien)

Ikke ofte gidder jeg å kommentere eller skrive om Grammys eller Oscar utdelinger. De er så betente og politiske at det halve kunne ha vært nok! Idag gjør jeg en liten helomvending. Ikke fordi det er overraskende hvem som vant i de fleste delene av Hip Hop sjangeren på Grammy’s 2014. Det var forventet når du så på de utvalgte låtene og album.

Best Performance – “That’s right, O Kay Kay!”

Jeg er langt fra fan av disse som vant 3 av 4 Grammyer. At Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vant for Beste Performance foran Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pool’ er uforståelig. Ikke minst også låtene Eminem’s ‘Bezerk’ som viser råheten til Em, produksjon av Rick Rubin og gjennomtenkthet med inspirasjon fra Beastie Boys! Uforståelig, at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ blir ansett som en bedre låt! Det er bare helt banalt. ‘Thrift Shop’ har sin greie og den slo sabla godt an, men alle vet at det var bedre ifjor? Til å med de som tildelte prisen vet dette innerst inne.

Beste Rap-låt: “Fuck You Pay Me”

At Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vant over disse sangene er også uforståelig. Coup d’etat er det blitt! Drake ble som også i forrige Beste Perfomance nominert med ‘Started from the Bottom’. Ikke at jeg er fan av Drake heller, selv denne låten synes jeg faktisk er god! Den viser talentet til Drake. En annen låt som laget til Asap Rocky – ‘Fucking Problems’ som også er med 2Chainz, Drake og Kendrick Lamar. Denne låten er også slagferdig og en god radiolåt. Den var også utslagsgivnde igjennom for Asap Rocky! Jay-Z ‘Holy Grail’ og Kanye West ‘ New Slaves’ var også nominert. Disse viser bare enda mer hvor feil det var å gi Grammyen til Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’.

Beste Rap-Album: “Lost Ones”

Her er den siste og mest tragiske som skjedde på Grammy’s 2014 at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘The Heist’vant for beste Rap-Album! Noe så tragisk. Tragikomisk. Urovekkende og helt feil! Drake var også nominert her med albumet: ‘Nothing Was The Same’. Som var bedre album enn debuten. Så fortjent kunne dette ha vært og det mer enn Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Drake var bare ikke hvit nok, selv om han var tidligere en skuespiller fra Toronto. Jay-Z med ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ måtte også falle, dette er mer forståelig. Hadde ikke forventet dette albumet på listen. Derimot så forventet jeg at Kanye West og ‘Yeezus’ skulle være der! Ikke at jeg kjøpte albummet, men at det var spesielt for musikkåret 2013. Det var den definitivt. Det mest sjokkerende var at Kendrick Lamar og ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ – GKMC er en klassiker. Er sikker på at sammenligne album om ti år vil Kendricks debut album på TDE/Aftermath/Interscope med Dr.Dre bak spakene. Det er helt utrolig at dette albumet ikke vant en Grammy!

Unnlatte album og låter: “Forgot about Dre”. 

At J.Cole både album ‘Born Sinner’ og låtene ‘Crooked Smile’ ft TLC og ‘Power Trip’ ft Miguel. Burde ha vært med på de tre listene. Pusha T en del av Clipse som gav ut sin første solo skulle lett ha overskygget flere av de nominerte album – dette med tanke på hvor bra albumet ‘My Name Is My Name’. Låtene ‘Sweet Serenade’ ft Chris Brown og ’30 Acres’ ft The Dream. Skulle let vært med på nominasjonslisten til Grammy! Bubba Sparxx kom ut med nytt album i året som var ‘Pain Management’. Der han gikk tilbake til røttene, men med independent realese istedenfor stort plateselskap ble utgivelsen forbi i stillhet. Selv om den selvskreven for min del. Også Cory Mo sitt album ‘Take it or Leave it’ burde ha vært med og låten ‘Hold up’. Chamillionaire med ‘Reignfall’ burde ha vært blant låtene som skulle ha vært nominert. Kanskje også sammen med DJ Khaled sin låt – ‘Never Surrender’. Talib Kweli’s album ‘Gravitas’ burde også heller gjemmes vekk. Man kan vel ikke forvente annet.

Takk for meg. Peace.

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