Archive for October, 2005

Miami Judges Issues In Favor Of Slip-N-Slide In Pitbull Album Court Battle

October 5th, 2005 | By Administrator

A Miami judge recently issued a 26-page opinion stating that Slip-N-Slide Records has the right to release an album that rapper Pitbull recorded prior to signing with the New York based, TVT Records.

The judge ruled that Slip-N-Slide has the right to issue the album Welcome to the 305, as long as it has a label affixed to the cover, stating that the release contains previously recorded material.

Pitbull recorded the contested songs in 2001 for Slip-N-Slide prior to signing with TVT Records. The final decision now rests in the hands of a U.S. District Court Judge, who will review and approve or deny the opinion.

TVT claims Slip-N-Slide is attempting to cash in on the rapper?s superstar status.

”TVT has invested substantial time, effort and resources to develop [Pitbull] as an artist and to develop, market and release the M.I.A.M.I. album on a worldwide basis. ” Gottlieb said in court papers.

Slip-N-Slide has countered, claiming TVT hindered the project by sending out letters to distributors, claiming the recording was illegal.

Slip-N-Slide owner Ted Lucas stated that Pitbull had verbally approved of the release and had no objections.

?The court finds extremely significant the fact that the artist himself is not a party to this lawsuit and the lack of any evidence that he has expressed any negative feeling toward the release of 305,?? the opinion stated.

Slip-N-Slide has stated that if the album is not in stores for the holidays, they would sue TVT for $4 million in damages.

Gucci Mane Gets Six Months In Jail

October 5th, 2005 | By Administrator

Rapper Gucci Mane pleaded no contest Wednesday to striking a concert promoter in the head with a pool cue. The 25-year-old was accused of assaulting Troy Bufford in June at his label Big Cat Records in Atlanta.

Judge John J. Goger of the Fulton County Superior Court sentenced the Georgia rapper to six months in jail, but will be released in three months for time served. With the plea, Mane (real name Radric Davis) didn?t admit to guilt or innocence, but accepts the punishment of the court as well as any civil suits levied against him.

After he fulfills his jail obligation, Mane must serve 6-1/2 years of probation and pay $3,000 in medical restitution to Bufford for his hospital bills.

According to published reports, Bufford came to the Big Cat offices to get a CD, when he and Gucci Mane began to argue. Both were ordered to leave by the label owner. Bufford said that he was struck in the back of the head with a pool stick and then beaten by others in the room.

Gucci Mane still stands accused in the May 10 murder of Henry Clark in DeKalb County, a suburb of Atlanta. The rapper has previously stated that the shooting death was in self-defense after Clark and others attempted to do him bodily harm.