‘A Milli’ Producer Says He Hasn’t Received Royalties
Just last month, producer Jim Jonsin filed a lawsuit against Cash Money Records, claiming that he has not received any royalties for composing Lil Wayne‘s 2008 Grammy-winning single ‘Lollipop.’ Now, Atlanta producer Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford — who is embroiled in his own royalty suit with Cash Money — says that this should come as no surprise, since the label has earned itself a reputation for skipping out on payments.
Bangladesh told Vibe that he is currently suing Cash Money Records for an estimated $500K since he has not received any royalty payments for composing the track ‘A Milli’ from Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’ album, which also took home a Grammy. The outraged producer said that fans shouldn’t expect to see him working with Lil Wayne in the future, since he hasn’t been paid what he is owed. “I don’t F— with [Lil Wayne]…and you can print that,” he said. “Cash Money don’t pay royalties. ‘Tha Carter III’ [is] his biggest album probably because of ‘A Milli.’ But you have to sue these guys so that they pay up.”
The renowned producer says that he is not the first, and likely not the last victim that Cash Money Records will default on payments. “It’s [Wayne and Baby's] responsibility to pay [me] because all the money from album sales goes to Cash Money. I get checks from Sony for Beyonce, checks from different labels for different artists, it just comes to you. You don’t have to call them, sue them and all that junk,” he said. “This is what you’re owed.”
Bangladesh explained that Wayne never offered him so much as a “thank you” for creating ‘A Milli’ but eventually went on to admit, that the New Orleans rapper wasn’t directly to blame for the financial confusion. “This is why Manny Fresh don’t f— with [Cash Money] because he never got any royalty money. That’s why Baby can go around flaunting this cash, because that’s everyone else’s money… It’s not even Wayne. Wayne is not getting money. He is given money, he’s not getting money,” he said, adding that Wayne allegedly launched his Young Money imprint in order to gain financial independence.
“That’s why he have his own company, because he was trying to leave Cash Money and the only thing that would keep him there was [if they] gave him his own thing. But Baby still controls that. All those Young Money artists don’t even know that they not getting royalty money.”