Tech N9ne Facing Lawsuit Due To Illegal Use Of Artist, Strange Music Responds
UPDATE: Tech N9ne's business partner releases a public statement and points to the label's rich history of helping out the little guy.
Missouri rapper Tech N9ne may soon have to pay up for featuring fellow rapper Brandon “Bizzy” Evans on several of his projects. According to court documents attained by AllHipHop.com Bizzy’s label, Klosed Kustody Records is suing Tech N9ne for what they claim is the illegal use of their artist. The label is suing for the amount of $25,000.
According to Klosed Kustody Records’ lawsuit, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Jackson County in Missouri, the label both managed Bizzy and entered into various contracts with the rapper. They also claimed to have the rights to release Bizzy’s music through Klosed Kustody Records.
"After their introduction to Evans, Defendants began a course of conduct which interfered with the contracts between Klosed Kustody and Evans,” read the complaint against Tech N9ne.
Bizzy was featured on Tech N9ne’s The Gates Mixed Plate album as well as the video for “Sex To The Beat.”
Tech N9ne, who has his own label titled Strange Music, is currently working on his next studio album titled All 6’s And 7’s. The album is scheduled to be released on June 7, 2011
The rapper has yet to respond publicly to Klosed Kustody Records’ lawsuit.
UPDATE: Strange Music's CEO and President Travis O'Guin has released the following statement about the lawsuit:
"We provide the following statement in order to clarify the facts surrounding certain meritless claims levied by Klosed Kustody Records, LLC with regard to the artist Brandon Evans (Bizzy), as well as the rumors which have resulted.
First and foremost, please know that we intend to address these claims through all appropriate legal channels and are confident that we will prevail.
Strange Music and Tech N9ne have always enjoyed giving local artists features, when possible, on projects that we produce. It’s seen as a chance to shine the spotlight on these other artists – artists who might not see attention of this scale otherwise. It’s also a chance for those artists to get their names on projects that are seen and heard nationally and, often times, internationally. Tech N9ne first reached out to Bizzy regarding a potential opportunity to be featured on one of his songs, based upon seeing him perform in Kansas, opening for Krizz Kaliko (another Strange Music artist).
As with all our projects, Strange Music ensures that any featured artist, including Bizzy, reads and executes the necessary legal paperwork authorizing the artist to come to the studio to perform their featured vocal. Additionally, all of the featured performers from all of our projects who are due mechanical royalties from their songwriting contributions, are paid in a timely manner and will continue to be paid the monies owed to them according to the bi-annual schedule of processing we strictly abide by.
Finally, Strange Music does not interfere nor does it have any intention of interfering with any agreements between artists and record labels. Strange Music is currently under a signing freeze that will last for the next 18 months so that we can focus on the projects we currently have working, as well as the deals that are currently being negotiated.
President / CEO
Strange Music, Inc."