You know how it goes by now– another day, another celebrity lawsuit. This time, Drake‘s management is up at bat and the story is not an unfamiliar one. Somebody did something important, but didn’t sign a contract, so they didn’t get paid. In this case, it’s talent scout Jas Prince who’s claiming he introduced Drake‘s music to Lil Wayne and had a verbal agreement with Drake‘s managers, once things started popping off for the now-super rapper. He, allegedly, played a key role in Drake‘s huge success but has not been paid– according to the agreement– in over a year. It sounds like it’s time for a lawsuit! Deets inside.
MTV News has the story:
It’s well-known that it was Prince who first introduced Drake to the team over at Young Money after hearing his music on MySpace. “One day while leavin the [mall], I just threw [Drake's] CD in and let it play,” Prince told music-industry veteran Al Lindstrom in an April interview.
“[Lil Wayne] was like, ‘Wait … who is this?’ and I was like, ‘Drake … the guy I been tellin’ you about.’ Wayne told me to book him on the next flight to Houston.”
From there, Drizzy released his 2009 breakout mixtape, So Far Gone, then became a household name with platinum albums Thank Me Later and his latest, Take Care, but Prince says he hasn’t been paid what is owed to him. In the lawsuit, Prince alleges that Bryant verbally agreed to pay a portion of the profits earned from Drake’s deal with Young Money, a deal that Bryant facilitated.
Prince’s attorney, James McMillan, said his client hasn’t received any money in over a year. In his papers, Prince claims that Drake is also being cheated by his management team and says that the Young Money standout is “on the brink” of suing Aspire and Bryant himself.
That last bit about Drake possibly being cheated as well is especially interesting because I remember hearing a while back that there was some beef between Drake and his camp and Young Money. There was some talk that Drake was trying to get out of his contract, but nothing came of the rumors.
Prince‘s story sounds like something that happens all of the time in the industry so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was true. Here’s hoping that this guy gets whatever money he deserves. And then that he reads this post and is all like, hey that was nice of Shannon to say that! I better send her some of this money for being so awesome!
Here’s hoping :)