News: Gucci Mane's Camp Responds To Scam Reports, "We're Prepared To Fight The Rumors"
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 4:25PM
Incarcerated rapper Gucci Mane's management team has responded to recent reports from Ozone Magazine which claim the Southern emcee's camp has been scamming various promoters.
According to Gucci associate Johnnie Cabbell, he has taken note of the accusations being made against him and his clients.
"I am fully aware of the recent allegations which have been made about me and my company Hitt Afta Hitt Entertainment (HAH)," he wrote in a statement. "I am a licensed and bonded entertainment booker and have been operating my company successfully for almost a decade. During my career, I have booked thousands upon thousands of shows and have worked with various promoters all over the country. I have maintained an impeccable track record and am operating within the confines of all applicable laws. I've always strived to do the best job I can possibly do and will continue to do that. Due to the sensitive nature of the vicious accusations made against me, it raises some serious and potential legal issues. My legal counsel is advising me every step of the way with respect to how I handle this situation going forward. We're prepared to fight the rumors and are dedicated to the challenge of restoring our goodwill and credibility within the industry." (All Hip Hop)
A report from Ozone Magazine cited Gucci's So Icey Tour as being one of many successful scams.
Scheduled for at least 12 cities in July 2009, the So Icey Tour was supposed to feature OJ da Juiceman, Nicki Minaj, and the headliner, Gucci Mane. It sounded promising. Gucci's buzz was at an all-time high. But by all accounts, the "tour," organized by a Carolina-based promoter named Shannon Marshall, was a mess and fell apart almost immediately. None of the artists showed up for the first two Florida dates (July 4th & 5th), leaving veteran promoter Mr. CC (who, like Godfather in Chicago, has been successfully promoting concerts for over 20 years) with losses of over $140,000. He claims that nearly half of that money, around $70,000, is in the hands of Cabbell/Antney, who refuse to return the deposits or reschedule his dates. (Ozone Magazine)
Gucci, currently serving time for a parole violation, recently gave his first statement from behind bars.
"I have accepted full responsibility for my actions and I am ready to deal with what is in front of me right now," wrote Gucci. "Thankfully, my label is still moving forward with my album release so I will have plenty to look forward to when I get out. I am remaining positive and want my fans to know that I am grateful for their loyalty and continued support. I will get through this." (XXL Mag)
According to his attorney, Dwight L. Thomas, the rapper has been trying to recover from drug addiction.
Gucci's probation for a 2005 aggravated-assault case was revoked because the flamboyant rapper has not completed a court-ordered 600 hours of community service, he's tested positive for marijuana and cocaine during visits to his probation officer and he has not been getting the proper permission to travel as mandated previously by the judge. "[Gucci] told the court yesterday he was on a road to recovery in terms of being clean and sober," explained Thomas, who also represented T.I. in his recent gun case. "[He is] alcohol free and weed free. ... He's also dealing with the emotional issue of killing somebody. He's been in counseling and therapy." (MTV)
Check out a recent Gucci Mane interview below: