Celebrities Behaving Badly

Celebrities Behaving Badly: Atlanta Rapper Roscoe Dash Cries a River on Twitter, Calls Out Meek Mill, Wale and Kanye West for Not Giving Him Song Credits

I watched this story amused but did not have the time to write a word or two about it. Roscoe, if you are reading this, you need to grow up and quit with the whining and crying on twitter. As a matter of fact, get your music business house in order. If this were an African artist in Africa, I can understand. We are in the USA. Copyright infringement lawsuits are the order of day. Kanye West has been sued and accused by many for copyright infringement. There is no excuse, at this point, for not having a formal agreement with ‘Ye, Wale, Meek Mill or whomever you do business with for your music credits. Don’t get on twitter and act and look like a clown, and possibly bring a lawsuit against you for defamatory actions you commit in the heat of anger.

Yes, there are lots of informal deals and “keep your word” culture to the entertainment industry. However, if you are paying attention, it is also an industry rife with litigation (lawsuits) like it is going out of business. This means people DO NOT keep their word. As a result, lawyers have to get in the mix and force them to.

Don’t get angry because you didn’t have your basics down. Slap yourself hard, instead.

AML American artists, if you cannot afford a lawyer, you can visit organizations like Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (New York) or California Lawyers for the Arts (California) to ask for legal help. There are also countless legal aid organizations across the country that you can google and take your issues to.

Finally, if you are wronged, don’t cry a river on twitter. Sue! What are you sitting there waiting for? Is twitter going to pay the bills? Is the sympathy of the public going to pay the bills? Goodluck with that. Many times you end up looking silly and earning a bad reputation for yourself, even if you are in the right.

Welcome to the real world of entertainment. Understand it is business and nothing personal and get with the program. You can be cool with people but still have them respect you, especially when they do business with you, even if you are a “youngin”. If they don’t, make them, through the legal system that is already available for you to take advantage of.

AML artists be about the business of the business of music. Anything less is unacceptable.

-Uduak
@uduaklaw

“Here we go again. Just a few weeks after the Nas ghostwriting accusations died down, Roscoe Dash is sparking a new controversy. In a series of tweets (naturally), the Atlanta rapper lashed out at Kanye West and Wale, alleging he helped write recent songs for them but didn’t receive any credit.

Roscoe started his tirade by claiming he helped write Kanye’s “To the World,” the opener to the just-dropped G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer, featuring R. Kelly. “Everybody go get the G.O.O.D album and listen to #1 then watch @kanyewest interview … & tell me y I’m not on the credits,” he wrote this morning, linking to this Kanye interview posted to WorldStarHipHop.

In the interview, Kanye discusses the collaborative process behind Cruel Summer. “One track might have 30 people’s opinions on it,” he says. “It’s not just about a tracklist and a name, it’s about the communal style of work.” Yeezy goes on to shout out the many artists that appear on the album, but he doesn’t mention Dash.

Roscoe also pointed to Wale and Miguel’s smash duet “Lotus Flower Bomb” as another example of a song he penned but didn’t receive credit for. “Same s–t with @Wale lotus flower bomb,” he wrote. “I wrote that for him b4 he even signed to Ross & it went #1…but nobody would kno that cuz I’m not in the credits.”

“Can’t do favors for n—as bcuz no matter how humble and generous u r to ppl n—as will take everything u have,” Roscoe continued. “Even n—as u look up to. The most talented ppl get the least credit for everything and the crazy part is they put in the MOST work. But EVERYTHING must eventually come to the light…I’m only speaking on this publicly bcuz there are so many ppl who wanna be apart of the industry but dnt [sic] kno half of the s–t that goes on. . .”- BET.com has the full story.

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