The owners of a booking agency accused of stealing $375,000 in tour proceeds during a dispute with rapper Lil Wayne have responded to the allegations in the lawsuit.
Lawyers for the incarcerated rap star filed a lawsuit against Ujamma Talent Agency on August 16th in New York Supreme court.
The rapper's company Young Money Touring Inc. claimed that the agency kept proceeds from the last America's Most Wanted Music Festival in 2009.
At the root of the issue is a dispute over an oral agreement between Lil Wayne and Ujamma and the amount the company is owed for working on several of Lil Wayne's tours between 2008-10.
"The claims in his (their) lawsuit are without merit and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our reputation against the utterly false claims," Ujaama's principle Erskine Isaac told AllHipHop.com in a statement.
The lawsuit claims that Isaac and Nelson "elected to divert to Ujaama's own bank account an amount not less than $375,000, the sum that Isaac and Nelson maintain is owed to Ujaama for the tours in question.
Lil Wayne was named the 4th best-earner in Hip-Hop, after he earned $20 million dollars over the past 12 months.
"We anxiously await our day in court, where we will present our case in full," Erskine Isaac told AllHipHop.com. "Beyond that, we cannot discuss this matter, since it's in litigation and being handled by our attorneys."
Lil Wayne is currently finishing up a 12 month sentence that he started in March of 2010, for attempted illegal possession of a weapon.
Wiz Khalifa declined to align his budding stardom with two of the biggest names in Hip-Hop, Rick Ross and Drake.
The Pittsburgh native, who was already signed to Atlantic Records, said that he still would have continued to decline signing with Ross.
“I would’ve kept doing what I was doing till I found something huge [outside of Maybach Music]. I’m all about standing behind my own brand instead of putting myself up under somebody else’s,” he told VIBE.com. “[Success] might take a little bit longer and take more work, but in the end it pays off because I can stand right up there with my peers and have respect.”
Earlier this month, Drake offered Khalifa an opportunity to tour, but Khalifa passed on the "Lightdreams and Nightmares" tour.
“I never really had too many cosigns…or no one let me know that I was on their radar, so for me, all of this is cool and lets me know that I need to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. "But I’m not too focused on that. I don’t do what I do just to get recognition from everybody. That’s just extra to me.”
Khalifa will soon embark on his own Waken Baken tour.
Big Boi’s hittin’ the road Jack. Today, the dates for his Son Of Chico Dusty Tour were announced. Things kicks off tomorrow in Atlanta and end November 11th in Australia. Check for the full schedule below.
8/26 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/2 Iowa City, IA – University of Iowa
9/4 Atlanta, GA – Heineken Red Star Soul
9/5 Atlantic City, NJ – Casbah
9/6 New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
9/17 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
9/18 Providence, RI – Brown University
9/22 Arcata, CA – Arcata Community Center
9/24 Las Vegas, NV – The Palms Casino
9/25 Fontana, CA – Epicenter
9/28 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
10/1 Bloomington, IN – Indiana University
10/8 Columbia, SC – University of South Carolina
10/15 San Diego, CA – UC of San Diego
10/23 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
10/28 Charleston, SC – Charleston Visitors Center
10/29 Asheville, NC – Asheville Civic Center (Moogfest)
10/30 Houston, TX – Tom Bass Park Amphitheater
11/12 Chattanooga, TN – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
11/18 Sydney, Australia – Fox Studios