ATL Music Stars Accused of Not Paying Studio Bills

ATL Music Stars Accused of Not Paying Studio Bills

Polow Da Don, Young Jeezy, Jazze Pha and others allegedly owe thousands in recording fees.

Published May 16, 2011

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.



(Photo: Andre Wright/PictureGroup)

Written by Kim Osorio


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