Iíve talked about this briefly in the past but didnít want to say too much until things were finalized. I donít really know why. Iíve just heard thatís what you do with lawsuits, I guess so you donít jinx them. This is the short version. Iíll talk about this more on this monthís episode of The Insider which Iíll try to have done by this weekend.
In 2009 I had an opportunity to have Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys appear on one of my songs. If you know me you know I grew up a huge Fat Boys fan so I jumped at this opportunity. I was so excited for this. I believe the technical term is ďI plotzed.Ē I paid his manager for the verse, and as you can probably guess since this article is called ďThe Lawsuit,Ē it never arrived. Mark kept promising he would get me the verse and then I wouldnít hear from him for weeks at a time. My albumís release date came and went in 2011 without the song on it but he kept telling me he would get it done. Finally in August of 2011 he told me he recorded the verse. I was psyched, thinking this was finally going to happen, but he never sent it. My patience finally ran out this spring and I gave Mark and his manager until the end of April to get me the verse. That didnít happen. Then I gave them until the end of May to give me my money back. That didnít happen either. So I sued in small claims court. That happened.
The lawsuit was against Markís managerís company, the Uncle Louie Music Group. My case was heard this morning and Markís manager didnít show up. They are based in Florida and the trip would cost them more than they owe me so I wasnít expecting them to show. But the judge wouldnít just give me a default judgement until I presented my case. So I did. It was a lot of ďthis happened, hereís a print out showing that, then this happened, hereís a print out showing that,Ē etc. In the end he ruled in my favor, so now I get to try to collect on the judgement which is going to be fun. Fun in the scratching-your-eyes-on-a-thorn-bush kind of way.
The song is called ď7 Deadly Sins.Ē Itís about a guy using the 7 deadly sins as a checklist on how to live his life. My plan was to have Prince Markie Dee interrupt me during the Gluttony verse and then go into a classic Fat Boys verse about all the food he can pound down. It also features The Great Luke Ski on the Pride verse because duh. The song is done, except for Markís recording. Since itís so close to completion I am going to finish the song with a different vocalist. I already have someone lined up for this and Iím very happy to have him on board. So the song should come out great anyway.
Listen to this monthís episode of The Insider for the entire long, excruciating story.