News: DJ Drama On Lil' Wayne Ban & Cash Money Lawsuit, "It'll Just Bring More Attention"
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 12:20PM
DJ Drama recently addressed the current lawsuit filed against him and other deejays by Cash Money Records, which has reportedly forced Lil Wayne and Baby to stop recording music with him until the case is resolved.
Along with answering the question on how the publicized lawsuit will impact his upcoming Gangsta Grillz Volume 2 album, Drama addressed reportedly not being able to work with the Cash Money emcees.
"Nah, actually, in a lot of ways, it'll just bring more attention to it. Somehow, some way, in the last few years I've found a way to live up to my name, DJ Drama; even when things seem simple, here comes another situation! But, you know, I stay in the news, so it's not a problem...Actually, neither [Wayne or Baby] were on the album even before the situation. I mean, I have songs with them and whatnot, and we've worked in the past, and me and Wayne just worked on a mixtape, and I look forward to workin' with him again. They weren't scheduled to be on this album as-is, so that's not a situation for me." (DJ Booth)
Drama was named in a multi-person lawsuit which emerged early last month.
"Plaintiff Cash Money Records Inc., by its attorneys, Goldberg & Rimberg PLLC and The Law Firm of Candance C. Carponter, P.C., for its Complaint against defendant, BCD Music Group, Inc., Tyree C. Simmons a.k.a. DJ Drama, Cinque Productions, Inc., Aphilliates Music Group, Makin Moves Entertainment and Frank Nino," the suit reads. Filed in New York in February 2009, a jury trial has been demanded with defendants having 35 days to answer the complaint. The suit names mixtape albums Happy Father's Day, When the North and South Collide, Dedication (Chopped & Screwed), Dedication 2 and Dedication 3. (Court Documents)
Despite being involved in the suit, Drama previously released a statement which said his relationship with Weezy would be unaffected.
"This is not a case of Lil Wayne vs. DJ Drama," he wrote. "Me and Wayne are good. I am confident that this matter will be resolved quickly without harming the relationships between myself, Wayne and Cash Money Records. However, due to the ongoing nature of this litigation I do not wish to make any further comments." (Statement)
Cash Money attorney Candance Carponter confirmed the lawsuit's authenticity and broke down its main defendants in the suit last month.
She confirmed to the authenticity of the documents. Carponter clarified that the lawsuit, stemming from an ongoing case against BCD Music Group, an independent distribution company based in Texas, has not been pushed by Lil Wayne directly, but by his recording home. "BCD claimed the right to sell the music," Carponter said, noting the contracts the company said it signed with the parties, including Drama. "So we named them in complaints and they have 30 days to answer the charges, based on when they receive the papers." (MTV News)
While no word has been given on whether a settlement was made, an anti-Lil Wayne website called www.LilWayneGonnaSueYou.com was launched shortly after the suit hit the Internet.