Sunday, August 13, 2006
Courting Rappers in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• Jay-Z is being sued for copying someone’s work — specifically, the designs of his interior decorator. The interior decorator plotted the look for the Hip Hop mogul’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan, only to learn that Jay-Z plans to recreate the space for a second venue in Atlantic City. So the interior decorator filed a lawsuit for $600,000. Based on 40/40 Club’s alleged reputation for nonpayment and bounced checks, the chances of seeing the $600k are about 50/50.
• Ja Rule is dealing with lawsuits after a concert in South Korea went south. The rapper was a no-show after claiming the promoters failed to pay him. As it turned out, a member of his entourage didn’t forward the cash provided by the promoters. Now the promoters are suing Ja Rule for about $500,000, while Ja Rule is suing his associate for about $125,000. At this point, it looks like a judge will ultimately declare Ja Rulings.