"Magic Stick" Producer Pulls $2 Mil Suit Out Of His Hat, Names 50 Cent & Lil Kim
According to the Associated Press, Carlos Evans, also known as Fantom of the Beat, claims that Rotten Apple contracted him on January 2003 to produce, engineer and mix "Magic Stick", for a $7,500 advance and royalties for working on track. Evans asserts that after receiving the advance his requests for a royalties audit have been ignored.
Evans claims that "Magic Stick" was initially set to appear on 50 Cent's debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', but instead it appeared on Lil' Kim's 2003 album, La Bella Mafia, which was recorded and distributed by Atlantic Records. The song would go on to sell 2 million copies.
"It was one of the hottest tracks on that album, and I didn't collect my royalties," Evans told the Associated Press Thursday (September 14).
Evans is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages from all the parties mentioned in the lawsuit.
Theodore Sedlmayr, a lawyer for Rotten Apple Records told the AP that Evans' royalties were delayed because he used a large sample which had to be paid for and licensed.
"Atlantic is trying to get it straightened out," Sedlmayr explained. "If after the accounting Mr. Evans is entitled to anything, he'll get it then."
A spokeswoman for Atlantic said the company does not comment on pending litigation.