Rappers, Producers In Atlanta Accused Of Stiffing Studio Owners
A variety of rappers and producers in Atlanta are being criticized for not paying back studio bills, some that total as much as $20,000.
CBS Atlanta obtained unpaid invoices and court judgements against rappers like Young Jeezy, Polow Da Don, Jazze Pha and others, claiming they had a history of stiffing recording studios and refusing to pay thousands of dollars in studio fees.
Producer Polow Da Don owes one engineer named Tony Terrebonne over $20,000 in studio bills and attorney fees, while Young Jeezy was accused of failing to pay $20,000 to 11th Street STudios in Atlanta.
According to CBS, the worst transgressor is producer Jazze Pha, who woes over $135,000 to four different studios.
While Young Jeezy's company YJ Productions promptly issued a $20,000 payment to 11th Street after finding out about CBS Atlanta's investigation, Polow Da Don's camp issued a statement.
“Polow always handles all of his business vendors with the utmost respect and timely payment, but this situation is a unique private dispute and as such Polow will not dignify any celebrity smear campaign by comment," a rep for Polow Da Don said in a statement.
Zac Owner, Jim Zumpano contacted CBS Atlanta about the issue because he said he is tired of his colleagues “getting dogged.”
The music stars “are out partying on my money,” said Zac Recording owner Jim Zumpano, who contacted CBS over the issued. “I'm looking for that money to help me run my business.”