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Re: Fleecing the Indie Community: The Music Mafia - Godfathers or Hitmen? (Score: 1)
by CYMIFOCUST on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 @ 11:59:34 UTC
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I will give you an abridged version of events. I am an "unpaid/unbiased" writer that has come to follow the career of one (hip-hop artist) FH1 out of Central New Jersey. In following up with the goings on of FH1, I was told of his being contacted by an individual going by the name of Ricky Donovan, or "Ricky D." from Rap Vibe (an admitted subsidiary of CIG). Further being contacted by a follow-up call from Corbin Grimes stating that paperwork was being mailed to him in regards to the Rap Vibe company, the service they provide artists, and the fees associated with it. When questioned by FH1 (Funky Hobo #1), Mr. Grimes only said he would rather FH1 read the contract and literature then they would talk later. When further questioned, Mr. Grimes only said that they had a huge summit being planned in the near future and only the top 300 artists out of thousands were being selected to be in a room with the likes of Puff Daddy/Bad Boy Records. He briefly commented that the fees amounted to approx. $700.00 per year, but that would be negotiable after receiving the Rap Vibe/ CIG contract and literature. I, as a writer, hip-hop culture lover, and supporter of hungry hip-hop artists such as FH1 took it upon myself to put on my investigative journalist hat and find out about this questionable sounding offer. Thanks to individuals such as yourself I was able to alert FH1 that this is not on the level. For what it's worth, being a level headed business man in his own right, I don't believe FH1/ LOCOMOTIVE RECORDS fell for the scam, but were stumped by how CIG/RAP VIBE/ "RICKY D."/MR. GRIMEY...umm GRIMES came by the CD that they actually had on FH1 in ORANGE, CA as he only gave out a couple hundred of that copy as promotional giveaways and that was in MONMOUTH/OCEAN COUNTY...NEW JERSEY! If anyone knows how CIG comes by their CDs HOLLA BACK.........CYMIFOCUST@aol.com


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Re: Fleecing the Indie Community: The Music Mafia - Godfathers or Hitmen? (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Friday, April 30, 2004 @ 22:35:31 UTC
The funny thing is that sometimes people like Hooman Karamian and Carlo Oddo get in over their heads. I know a few artists that were scammed by them...and I heard about a few other people who are really interested in having a face to face meeting with them. I don't think they're interested in a record deal either.


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Re: Fleecing the Indie Community: The Music Mafia - Godfathers or Hitmen? (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 @ 18:26:33 UTC
Got screwed by CIG and all of it's aka's, now three months later Infinity is calling again. Trying talk about there new contract? It's all bull, but this time I can screw with them! Can't wait.


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