Archive for March 17, 2012
Mystikal reveals that both Drake and Busta Rhymes will contribute to his upcoming sixth album.
Back in early 2010, New Orleans rapper Mystikal was released from prison after serving a seven-year sentence for sexual battery and extortion. Now, one Cash Money record deal and Lil Wayne-assisted single later, the Tarantula is preparing the release of his sixth album Original and says he’s got two major collabs lined up for it.
MTV’s Rap Fix Live recently caught up with Mystikal to discuss his upcoming return to rap music. During the interview, the New Orleans emcee revealed that he has enlisted fellow YMCMB members Busta Rhymes and Drake for collaborations on his for his first album in over a decade.
“Busta [Rhymes] was one of the first artists I worked with when I first came home,” he said. “Busta came out there, came all the way to Baton Rouge. I’m talking about we got it in,” he explained. “[A collaboration with Drake], that’s coming. Man, I’m telling you, this album is gonna be so well worth the wait, Sway, believe that. I ain’t just saying it to say it. It’s coming this year; y’all know it’s my job to promote it like that, but those who know who I am know that I mean that.”
Cash Money Records once again finds themselves the defendants in a lawsuit, this time from music giant EMIover unpaid royalties.
According to Courthouse News Service, EMI is suing Cash Money because the label ceased quarterly royalty payments they had agreed to make as part of a 2009 settlement reached between the parties. Cash Money allegedly owes $491,000 in royalties for samples from the EMI catalog that appear on the label’s albums.
“Because Defendant has ignored numerous communications from EMI regarding Defendant’s contractual obligations, EMI once more is being forced to commence a lawsuit against Defendant to recover royalty payments,” the complaint states. “The sales of Defendant’s products have far exceeded the payments that EMI has received.”
“It is clear from Defendant’s conduct that it has no intention of honoring the Agreement,” the complaint continues.
Cash Money has a long history of lawsuits, many of which end up settled. The label was served with three lawsuits in the same week last June — two for unpaid royalties and one for alleged copyright infringement. They’ve also faced lawsuits over their hit songs “Bedrock”, “A Milli” and “How to Love” (alleged copyright infringement, unpaid royalties and alleged breach of contract, respectively); for an alleged sexual assault for which they were claimed to be liable; and several others.