Grime Report: Cash Money Records Accused of Cheating Producer?

| May 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Over two years ago, We sat down with Shondrae ” Bangladesh” Crawford who is one of the most sought after producers in the business right now to discuss some controversy surrounding one of the biggest songs of 2008 which was produced for Lil Wayne.

There was some confusion at the time through an individual who had claimed that he was responsible for the famous “A Milli” track however after careful investigation by me and our legal department, we came to the conclusion that Bangladesh did in fact produce the song and was entitled to all the accolades deserving of a Grammy winner. Now let’s fast forward, according to Bangladesh, he revealed to Vibe.com that he still has not received any royalties from that song and he believes he is owed $500,000.00.

“I don’t f*ck with him… and you can print that.”

What first started with Mannie Fresh back in the day has translated with Jim Jonsin making allegations that he has yet to see the residuals for his work from Cash Money Records.

Next up is Bangladesh, known for the smash hit “A Millie”, as he has made the statement that he has no intentions of working with Wayne on The Carter 4 since he has yet to be paid for The Carter 3.

The hit making producer tells Vibe:

“I don’t really give a f*ck about [Wayne]. I can’t give a f*ck about somebody that don’t give a f*ck about my situation, I have kids. In the hood, people get killed for ten dollars. I couldn’t imagine owing someone hundreds of thousands of dollars and just walking around in front of them. I’m so confident in myself, that I don’t need Lil Wayne. There’s gonna be so many opportunities. I can create a Lil Wayne.”

Apparently, the lump sum owed to Bangladesh comes around $500,000.  Not “A Millie”, but still a lot of money.

He also expressed how the finger should really be pointed at Baby for his shady business tactics, over Cash Money’s history, that can’t be controlled, not even by Wayne.

“This is why Mannie Fresh don’t f*ck with [Cash Money] because he never got any royalty money. That’s why Baby can go around flaunting this cash, because that’s everyone else’s money… It’s not even Wayne’s fault. Wayne is not getting money. He is given money, he’s not getting money. If Baby gets a million dollars he’ll buy Wayne a Phantom, but that’s in Cash Money’s name. That 14-bedroom mansion isn’t Wayne sh*t.”

Even though Cash Money was one of the first ever independent labels to put a sweet heart deal together for themselves by owning 100% of their royalties why are producers still fighting for their share of the pie? Cash Money is no different than the crooks on Wall Street if they are taking from hard working  producers and for that reason no producer or artist should deal with a label that conducts shady business.

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