Several big name Altanta rappers and producers are being accused of not paying their studio dues. In an investigation conducted by CBS Atlanta, a few vendors came forward to detail the outstanding invoices from rapper Young Jeezy and producers Jazze Pha and Polow Da Don. CBS Atlanta says that this is becoming a big problem in the Atlanta music industry.
“It's a lot of hard work, I'll be up for three days straight and I won't get paid for it. It's insane,” Tony Terrebonne told CBS. Terrebonne is an engineer who says that Polow Da Don owes him $20,000 in unpaid studio costs. Some of the songs that Terrebonne says he worked on include Usher's "Love in This Club" and Chris Brown's "Forever."
In a statement released to CBS, Polow's company, Zone 4, responded. "Polow always handles all of his business vendors with the utmost respect and timely payment, but this situation is a unique private dispute and as such Polow will not dignify any celebrity smear campaign by comment."
Another studio engineer, Josh Butler, said that Young Jeezy owed more than $20,000. But after CBS reached out to Jeezy's team, the bill was paid. Also, Jim Zumpano, owner of Zac Recording, said Jazze Pha owes him over $135,000. The music stars “are out partying on my money. I'm looking for that money to help me run my business," Zumpano said after only being partially paid for his services.