Apparently Uncle Louie LLC and The Fat Boys don’t like to repay their debts.
Now, that was the response I got since I have brought this up directly to Uncle Louie on Twitter.
Devo Spice releases a video explaining the situation:
Devo Spice posts chronological order of events:
Help in the Reddit thread here:
Anyways, I’ll let Tom Rockwell, aka DevoSpice of (The Fump) fill you in with the details.
“The Lawsuit I Wish Never Happened
(July 16, 2012) Source.
I’ve talked about this briefly in the past but didn’t want to say too much until things were finalized. I don’t really know why. I’ve just heard that’s what you do with lawsuits, I guess so you don’t jinx them. This is the short version. I’ll talk about this more on this month’s episode of The Insider which I’ll try to have done by this weekend.
In 2009 I had an opportunity to have Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys appear on one of my songs. If you know me you know I grew up a huge Fat Boys fan so I jumped at this opportunity. I was so excited for this. I believe the technical term is “I plotzed.” I paid his manager for the verse, and as you can probably guess since this article is called “The Lawsuit,” it never arrived. Mark kept promising he would get me the verse and then I wouldn’t hear from him for weeks at a time. My album’s release date came and went in 2011 without the song on it but he kept telling me he would get it done. Finally in August of 2011 he told me he recorded the verse. I was psyched, thinking this was finally going to happen, but he never sent it. My patience finally ran out this spring and I gave Mark and his manager until the end of April to get me the verse. That didn’t happen. Then I gave them until the end of May to give me my money back. That didn’t happen either. So I sued in small claims court. That happened.
The lawsuit was against Mark’s manager’s company, the Uncle Louie Music Group. My case was heard this morning and Mark’s manager didn’t show up. They are based in Florida and the trip would cost them more than they owe me so I wasn’t expecting them to show. But the judge wouldn’t just give me a default judgement until I presented my case. So I did. It was a lot of “this happened, here’s a print out showing that, then this happened, here’s a print out showing that,” etc. In the end he ruled in my favor, so now I get to try to collect on the judgement which is going to be fun. Fun in the scratching-your-eyes-on-a-thorn-bush kind of way.
The song is called “7 Deadly Sins.” It’s about a guy using the 7 deadly sins as a checklist on how to live his life. My plan was to have Prince Markie Dee interrupt me during the Gluttony verse and then go into a classic Fat Boys verse about all the food he can pound down. It also features The Great Luke Ski on the Pride verse because duh. The song is done, except for Mark’s recording. Since it’s so close to completion I am going to finish the song with a different vocalist. I already have someone lined up for this and I’m very happy to have him on board. So the song should come out great anyway.
Listen to this month’s episode of The Insider for the entire long, excruciating story.”
The Insider episode can be found here:
The Insider Podcast MP3
Detailed explanation about the lawsuit starts at 6:45
What was the response from The Fat Boys?
It’s in my opinion that Uncle Louie knows exactly what he is doing, how much he owes DevoSpice, and should get off his fat ass and pay what he owes.
The record industry needs to be put in it’s place in situations like this, because larger corporations will continue to try to stomp out the little guy.