Desiigner already had enough enemies in Atlanta before this
Desiigner might be on the hook for at least $55K, should a new lawsuit against him prove successful. The “Panda” rapper failed to appear at the annual Atlanta Greek Picnic last year, and the company behind the long-running fest says that it’s time the rapper paid up.
The step-show production company behind the annual picnic, that has counted 2 Chainz and Rick Ross among its headliners, sued the rapper for breach of contract and fraud.
According to court documents obtained by the gossip website Bossip, the company claims they paid Desiigner a $20,000 deposit and a $4,000 booking fee. Their initial contract agreed to pay the rapper $40,000 plus his travel expenses.
However, the company said that the rapper and his representation tried to strong-arm them into paying more as the date approached. Ten days before the event, the production company claims that Desiigner’s representation contacted them and demanded $35,000 more from them for the performance. When they refused, the rapper didn’t show up at the event.
“A lot of Greeks were upset about it,” Atlanta Greek Picnics CEO Tiwa Williams told Bossip. “It’s unfortunate that they took the money and never showed. It’s a year later and nothing has been done.”
Williams also told the website that they attempted to settle with the rapper out-of-court but were unsuccessful. The company alleges that Desiigner’s no-show ruined their reputation as well as that particular iteration of the picnic. Desiigner has yet to respond to the allegations.
Desiigner isn’t only beefing with Atlanta production companies. Back in 2016, Waka Flocka made it clear that he doesn’t truck with Desiigner’s sound. When a fan asked Waka how he felt about the “Outlet” rapper, he responded with three letters: “FBG.”
This is a reference to Future’s Freeband Gang. In this case, Waka is referring to the frequent criticisms leveled at Desiigner for co-opting Future’s mumbly, spaced-out sound. When most people first heard “Panda” (via the livestream of Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo unveiling), they assumed they were hearing a Future feature because the artists sounded that similar.
In typing these three initials, Waka let it be known that he won’t accept any imitators of his fellow Atlanta rappers.
Future himself addressed the controversy during an interview with Rolling Stone around the time that “Panda” was released. The rapper was in the middle of a crazed string of hit albums and mixtape; he quipped that he didn’t have time to worry about anyone trying to steal his ideas.
“I never worried about anyone else,” he said, shutting the conversation thread down. “I don’t even want his name in the article.”
What do you think?
It hasn’t all been bad news for the hitmaker. He seems to have outlived the pre-determined one-hit wonder status that was attached to him the second that “Panda” came out.
In fact, the rapper was doing so well that he landed on Forbes list of 30 successful people under 30 earlier this year. Desiigner wasn’t the only rapper who was represented in the finance magazine though. Lil Yachty, Tory Lanez, G-Eazy, Logic, Jeremih, Chance The Rapper and Bryson Tiller were also included in the list of people who the magazine thinks hold an outsized influence on the world.
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