Holler at my connects

Oftentimes, on this site as well as my own site, I’ll talk about things and people I consider gully, but rarely is the question asked: What exactly is gully? Is it gorging yourself on McDonalds until your weight balloons to 700 pounds and then viciously beating your wife with a pistol while someone else videotapes? Or perhaps it’s opening your own modeling agency for the express purpose of having sex with the models.

Having followed hip-hop on the Internets since back when my life still contained an element of hope, I thought I had seen everything, but apparently, I hadn’t. In case you haven’t heard, once-prominent R&B producer Dallas Austin, who was facing four years in a Dubai prison (can you say ass rape?) for cocaine possession, somehow managed to get pardoned by calling in a favor from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, of all people.

Seriously. Peep:

Senator Hatch made numerous phone calls on Mr. Austin’s behalf to the ambassador and consul of the United Arab Emirates embassy in Washington — Dubai is one of the seven emirates — and served as an intermediary for Mr. Austin’s representatives, the producer’s lawyers said.

Um, what fuck? Does this mean that Dallas Austin and Orrin Hatch kick it like that? Because I doubt I could get my own parents to come down to the jail and bail me out if I got busted with some yay. I suppose if it was a Dubai prison, they’d at least make a few phone calls, lest I show up on their doorstep four years later “tampered with,” but it’s not like Elliott Wilson has any connects in the United Arab Emirates.

At least, I don’t think he does.

It doesn’t really say one way or another in the New York Times story, but it could be the case that Austin and Senator Hatch, R-Utah, just so happen to have the same lawyer. Orrin Hatch, not unlike former Missouri (Midwest, stand up right now) Senator John Ashcroft, has been known to dabble in music himself and is said to have took in $39,092 in income last year from music publishing, in addition to whatever amount corporations pay him to pass laws in their favor.

Honestly, I have no idea what to make of all of this. On the one hand, it’s cool to think that a player in our industry holds such Don Corleone levels of sway with the elite in this country. If the trickle down theory of economics holds true, this could mean that a brother such as myself will be nailing some Russell Simmons-caliber tang before it’s all said and done with. Nullus.

On the other hand, you can’t help but feel sorry for all of the kids who got busted with a little yay and couldn’t afford a lawyer with Orrin Hatch in his speed dial. For all we know, a prison in the US might actually be worse than one in Dubai.

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  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    u a faggit ass nigga bol

  • http://hypebeast.com/lupefiasco 2chéLupe

    FIRST & Fifteenth
    Dallas’s connect isnt that surprising to me … i mean he wasn’t on crack, he was dealin’ with cocaine… to mess with the white he must have had to mess with the white, so to speak…
    D.Austin + Cocaine = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rECHmtTZ7k8
    Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor — 08/29

  • MosBang

    A friend in the music biz down here in the atl told me Dallas paid close to 50 mill just to get out of that mess.
    So I could believe for that type of money a U.S. senator would help.

    Now don’t be a poor ass black person who voted fo him, cause he won’t do shit!

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    Maybe Orrin Hatch just really liked Dallas Austin’s work on Another Bad Creation’s album.

    “Aisha” is still a dope song!

    (Nullus…just in case)

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey


    You’ve been cosigned by enough people to convince me that buying your album isn’t a terrible idea, so I’m gonna drop my $15 on you.

    Don’t let me down & force me to put you in my “Get Rich or Die Trying” 1-and-Done pile!

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    Get Rich or Die Trying a one-and-done?

    i’m no strong 50 advocate, but lets get serious

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey


    Okay, maybe twice was nice, or third was the word, but that album has less lyrical content than a battle between two mimes.

    The beats were, of course, incredible, but the best verse on the album was Em’s on “Patiently Waiting”..

    I stay away from absolutes in terms of praise, but his verse on that song was Hater-Proof..

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    him and Orrin prolly got the same supplier.

  • d

    They share the same attorney:

    “Hatch spokesman Peter Carr said he did not know whether the senator and Austin had ever met, but he confirmed that both employ Atlanta entertainment lawyer Joel A Katz.”


  • Che

    you need to holler at the doctor son. I’ve heard about that shit you’ve got. you’re one nasty fuckin oaf i’ll give ya that..

  • Meka Soul

    i don’t like the look of it…

  • gluvnast

    i dunno how favors work, but i got a crazy feeling that “ATL” the movie was part of the deal.



    Bol, dude, U officially suckk. When R U gonna write somethin worth reading?

  • Lefty 2Gunz

    >>>Get Rich or Die Trying a one-and-done?

    i’m no strong 50 advocate, but lets get serious

  • Lefty 2Gunz

    >>>Get Rich or Die Trying a one-and-done?

    I’m no strong 50 advocate, but lets get serious

    Co-Sign……..F@ck what anybody say “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was on point!

    As for Dallas, him and Hatch definitely have the same connect.
    F@ck it, Hatch IS the connect. He wasn’t bout to lose that money.


  • http://hypebeast.com/lupefiasco 2chéLupe

    >>>Get Rich or Die Trying a one-and-done?
    I Got You
    Emperor Lu

  • http://www.livejournal.com Rey

    *sigh* With all due respect to everyone’s opinion: Go back and listen to GRODT and really listen to the lyrics. Dude spits some real generic shit. That album, lyrically, doesn’t crack the top 20 debuts of all time. I’m an admitted G-Unit loather, but all hating aside, that album just doesn’t have any real lyrical firepower to it.

  • http://www.trendsettazinc.com DJ Main Event

    the fact that dallas was able to get away with that is the definition of gully.

    that and the part about opening a modeling agency to cavort w/ the models.

  • http://inthelab.biz feeze

    I wonder who has more pull.

    A. The producer that can make a phone call to get him out of a SERIOUS international jam.

    B. The Senator who has a relationship with the United Arab Emirates and has had his song “Heal Our Land” performed on Oprah. (http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/tows_past_20010917_lyrics.jhtml)

    C. The ATL Lawyer that they both employ.

  • armaggedion

    fuck lyrical fire dickhead, GRODT is a hot album, hooks, flows, shits just got flavor and is defenitely a classic.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Yayo is that you? Come on dude, you weren’t even on the album!

    First off, no matter what you heard on Twinz, it’s spelled and pronounced, “Armageddon”.

    2nd off, the “dickhead” comment just hurts, and I thought after our last meeting with the counselor that you said you’d stop calling me names.

    3rd off, How is it that everyone knows 50 can’t rap worth shit, but still says GRODT was a hot album cuz of the aforementioned hooks, beats, and flows, whereas The Game gets trashed cuz his album “only” had hooks, beats, and flows?

    The Game isn’t spectacular, but his album had better lyrics than anything 50′s done since “How To Rob”.

    You poor, delusional, hype-fed bastards.

    The Documentary > GRODT & The Massacre, and I don’t really give a shit how many people think I’m out of my mind for that.

  • yaboy

    how about this…

    I think you’re right.


  • WOW…

    so dallas austin has 50 million dollars!!?? really!? somebody throws that in the comments and everybody just keeps yappin like that makes sense? really? 50 MILLION DOLLARS???!!

    I mean I know ABC sold and all but I need to see some bank statements before i believe that one…

    50 MILL???!! Man get the fuck outta here…

    Oh and GRODT was the shiznit…last good thing 50 did (nullus).

  • pop a poppa

    orrin hatch = funk flex > payola

  • kevin

    the sad/funny thing to me is that, he propably could not have pulled this off here in the states, not even in his hometown. he is lucky he was not in malasyia or a country like that, would have been a wrap…

  • too good

    if this went down in the US, he would have probably got a caution, he only had a gram on him