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Late last Wednesday afternoon, a call came to the office from a rapper named Dow Jones: He was performing that night at the Starck Club on McKinney Avenue. Oh, and also--he was opening up for Nas.
Wait a minute: Did he just say Nas?!?
Apparently the sharp-tongued New York City rapper was in town promoting his new album Street's Discipline and planned to perform along with locals Steve Austin, Headkrack and Dow Jones. Sounds great, right?
"It was a total disaster," Dow Jones said when I called him later in the week. "He never showed." Nas was clearly in town, having made an afternoon appearance at 97.9 FM.
"His management hadn't really scheduled the appearance in," said Nikki Green, who handles marketing for the Starck Club. "They apologized for the inconvenience. It just didn't work out as planned. It was really last-minute."
"Nas or no Nas, though, we still made history based on the energy in that room," Jones said. That's how we like our Dow Jones--staying on the positive.
"This is just a typical case of the little guy getting taken advantage of," Hemingway says. "Tommy's not a star. He's not supported by a big company like Sony. [Lil' Flip's company] Sucka Free Records is living up to their name--you're the sucker, 'cause we're gonna take your music for free."
This is one of two copyright infringement suits Lil' Flip is facing. The second comes from NamCo America, who alleges he included samples from the games Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man in his song "Game Over" without permission. Presumably, Lil' Flip will discuss neither case when he performs at the Gypsy Tea Room on November 24.
Whew. That was a close one. Now we can go back to talking about...