Remy and the Raysor’s Edge

Lauren Raysor, the lawyer responsible for putting Bronx rapper Remy Ma behind bars, is asking record companies to put a “morality clause” in their artists’s contracts.”

Elan Mancini, XXLMag.com

Before we go any further, I must hand out our first NP to this writer. Lawyers don’t put people behind bars, nigga. One’s criminal actions and/or a jury of his or her own so-called peers do that. Insinuating that this Lauren Raysor character is responsible for Remy doing 8 in the box is a cheap attempt at sensationalism, which might have been effective if anyone other than the alphabetical skeleton key man sympathized with Remy.

Also, private lawyers have no part in locking people up. They just “represent” people by hanging around and trying to work out a little change somehow down the road in civil court. Freddy Kreuger-lookin-ass Robert Morgenthau at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office handled Remy’s criminal case.

TPAR, stop me if I’m reaching here.

[Blogger’s Note: What the fuck would I know? I’m just a blogger who writes blogger’s notes, right?]

Within this responsible piece of journalism on a higher level lies a greater evil. You would think a personal injury/civil rights/divorce/is-the-black-person-in-that-ambulance-wearing-a-wedding-band? lawyer like Lauren Raysor might be satisfied with a victory in such a high profile case. Raysor wants to take this shit 12 steps beyond C. Delores Fucker and Calvin Butts by seeking a universal “morality clause” for recording contracts.

Translation: This bitch really wanna be on TV.

I don’t know the specifics of this proposed clause, but Raysor’s spokesperson—whom you’ve probably seen during Maury show commercial breaks—suggests that they would be “a way to show [recording artists] that there are consequences to their actions.”

First of all, the consequences of signing to a record label include being broke enough to wanna kill a bitch over $300. Secondly, the wages of crime is punishment. Atlantic Records or whoever doesn’t have to reaffirm as much in the intentionally confusing fine print of a slavery contract.

[Blogger’s Note: I don’t need a joke for Calvin Butts’ name. The nigga's name is "Butts."]

Quelling my growing curiosity, Raysor’s spokesperson also says the part-time motivational speaker “will have visuals explaining what the morality clause entails, as well as a 12-foot-long timeline chronicling violent incidents involving rap and hip-hop artists.”

You gotta love how her spokesperson says they want this morality clause for all recording artists, but is only bring rap stories to the table.

I’m surprised record executives are giving Raysor the time of day. She must have told them she’s representing Drake or some shit. I hope Sotoraysor gets the full monty of “WTF” looks she’s begging for by wasting these important mens’ [see: Barbara Norton] time with her posterboard bullshit. If Raysor really wanted to drive home a point about musicians disregarding authority, she’d walk into that meeting with a copy of Nashville Babylon. Country sangers been had violence and crime. They shit all over the rapsters. Sharing their stories would be more effective than treating this audience like her usual crop of downtrodded hoodrats she games out of their last few dollars.

[Blogger’s Note: Never give a motivational speaker your money. If you feel the need to blow through some paper to feel better about yourself, just give me like… half of what you’d give this fake-ass Sotomayor. I’ll set your shit hella straight.]

Not only is incorporating a morality clause into a contract with a company intent on selling immorality as entertainment ridiculous, it’s also placing the effort in the wrong place. If a nigga murders his homegirl, I don’t go to the Burger King he worked at demanding they make sure their burger flippers and fry droppers know the difference between legal and illegal activities.

But then again, I’m not trying to get a little shine for my fledgling Wal-Mart legal practice.

[Blogger’s Note: What the fuck would I know? I’m just a blogger who writes blogger’s notes, right?]

Questions? Comments? Requests? I’d love to see those illustrations. ron@ronmexicocity.com

  • Arlen ward

    Good drop!

  • Apollo Moses

    Will anyone be talking about this chick’s crusade after today? WTF is Jackie Chiles?

  • The Southern Comfort

    way to check your colleagues Mex, everyone’s fair game it seems – respect.

    as for the lawyer, are these people ever gonna stop sensationalising the minority of those involved in both crime and hip-hop? it’s no problem for some emo dude to main-line heroin and beat a few groupies but now a rapper’s gotta do time AND lose money (money they can’t replace when they’re doing time) for some stupidity.
    she’s checking for her fifteen minutes and some car crash cases. prostitute bitch.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    You’re on point Mexx.

    But I’m smelling something brewing behind the scenes. Hope I’m wrong…

  • Brooklyn

    this lady has way too much time on her hands. she won the case, so what’s with the crusade? it isn’t like she’s doing this because she cares about anyone that’s not paying her money to represent them, she’s just trying to achieve some fame by making ridiculous proposals and hoping that someone will give her the time of day to talk about bullshit. if she wants to be famous, she should do it like everyone else and make a sex tape.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    There’s other ways to go about shining light on the negative aspects o the culture that would seem less self-serving.

    I didn’t know C. Delores Tucker even had a daughter.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    BTW,

    Y’all know I got the dirt on what happened @ the Fab show in Allentown…

    $ykotic, LLC is nationwide.

  • Silly Willy

    That’s some emobilaborate analysis there, Mexx!

    It’s not like people could go to court and say shit like “But Your Honor, I’m s’posed to be able to kill a bitch on a weekly basis, you know I ain’t signed a goddamn morality clause!!!”

    GTFOH!!!!This bitch hungry, that’s all……..

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    “First of all, the consequences of signing to a record label include being broke enough to wanna kill a bitch over $300.” – RM

    Haha! So funny, yet so true!!

    I agree with you, $ykotic, when you say the whole mainstream music structure is about to implode/transform itself. If the industry adapts this morality clause, it will only accelerate its own demise. CAN’T WAIT!!!

    I think it’s time for the retarded-ass industry to destroy and rebuild itself. Those really ARE slave contracts.

  • AZ40

    Fuck a morality clause if your artist fucks up their ass is going to jail…if that’s not enough of a deterant to not “keep it real” then nothing is!!

  • http://xxl gside

    They don’t do this to white artist because , the would scream it’s unconstitutional and she would shut the fuck up .Black people don’t know there rights in this county if we did it would be a lot less nigga lock up for bullshit . They can’t take your right you have to give them up . The record company’s never go for it they want nigga to act that way to sell records , plus it’s part of dumming down of America .

    • nicholasdelorejo

      Your right about the recording industry’s goal of dumbing us down but I do think that this clause came come into effect. You gotta remember that a black rapper doesn’t have to be so much hood as he has to ignorant and silly. Anyway I think the record industry might make this clause happen so that they can produce as many drakes, asher roths, and other Miley cyrus rappers that are easy to promote in today’s popish rap era.

      Plus this would save money on defending the legal fuck ups rappers get into. I honestly think that TI got off those charges because the label chipped in part of the money for the fees. They’ll go over the limb for a rapper that still makes chart toppers over a rapper that doesn’t (Remy). Enforcing a moral clause is a way for the labels to ensure that a TI, Yayo, Remy, or c Murder incident doesn’t occur especially on the rappers they care about.

      • http://xxl gside

        You got a point but they don’t give a fuck about these artist as long as they sing there name on that contract . Plus all the great artist are worth more dead than alive from Elvis to Tupac to Michal Jackson dead man tell no tells and ask for no royalty . For one minute forget about or urban act look at Brintny Spears and how the music industry push her into begin the dope fiend slut that she is today , they don’t give a fuck about behavior as long as you make money , matter of fact they encourage unmoral behavior . They would do even more fouler shit if it make them money . The point your miss if there was no one to pay these people to act the way they do they wouldn’t be doing it .

  • geico lizard

    “Lawyers don’t put people behind bars, nigga. One’s criminal actions and/or a jury of his or her own so-called peers do that.”

    ^
    co-sign that ron. Shit, snitches and evidence have more to do with a conviction than a good lawyer does.

  • these posts are racist

    Ron,

    You’re correct. The shooting victim’s civil attorney has nothing to do with the criminal proceeding. The District Attorney handles this, exclusively. The “journalist” in that story has no clue what he’s talking about…

    I haven’t followed this story so I don’t know if a civil case has been initiated but if there is one and this lawyer/motivational speaker/whatever is handling it, it will be a separate proceeding/unrelated to the criminal proceeding with a different and much less burden of proof. In a criminal case, the prosecution has to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” the crime was committed. In a civil case, the plaintiff has to show that it “was more than likely” x occurred.

    Also, I have not seen the language of the “morality clause” but it makes no sense, legally and I cannot imagine any language that would make such a clause legally binding in a contract. If anything, it would be “symbolic” and in legal contracts, that means worthless. The attorney is setting the stage to go after the record company and most importantly, to advertise and promote herself – hence she has this story on the first page of her web site.

    The irony is lost on this attorney…Everyone is after a dollar. Some (many rappers) are the most honest about it…”life ain’t nothin but bitches and money.” Other people, this attorney for example, mask their greed and desire to be famous with the make up of morality…strip her of her cover and at the core she is just like any other money/fame obsessed person…pathetic and ruthelss, inter alia.

    • The Southern Comfort

      Civil trials are determined on the balance of probabilities, ie if it’s 51% likely that’s how it is.

      as for morality clauses – these are entirely legal and are often included in contracts for sportsmen, actors etc, any position where criminal or anti-social behaviour can bring that particular business into disrepute and damage a brand.
      the problem with hip-hop is that such behaviour has been seen as good publicity and necessary to look “real”. as gangsta rap becomes less popular will this change?

      • these posts are racist

        SC,

        the “more than likely” standard is the 51% stand.

        Re: the morality clause…you’re right. I guess I wasn’t sure what she meant but if its akin to the ones used for actors/actresses, etc. then it doesn’t make sense for gangster rap business. But maybe that’s her point…and the more that I think about it, she maybe smarter than i thought.

        Rappers/Rap Executives often hide (when they’re in trouble) behind the defense that they’re “just entertainers” or that they are just delivering a message/playing a role like a movie (Goodfellas/Godfather), etc. But when it’s time to sell records, they engage in behavior that could get an actor fired. So in a way, she’s calling them and exposing the true nature of this business: bad behavior means good business.

        • these posts are racist

          On the other…other hand, how many actors/athletes do you know who have had their employment terminated due to a breach of such a clause? Young Hollywood be wildin’ out…so maybe the only people who would really suffer from this clause is the rapper. For example: a rapper has a contract with a record company. The contract contains a morality clause. Behind the scenes the label/a&r rep or whatever, encourage the rapper to go out and act ignorant. When heat is put on the label…they hide behind the morality clause/terminate the rappers contract and the rapper doesn’t receive whatever money he would have otherwise be entitled to…

          This doesn’t look good.

  • JAY STONE

    Shut Ron!
    What the fuck do you know?
    You are just damn blogger who who writes blogs!

  • capcobra

    all this shit going on in hip hop and bloggers gotta call it out..what happen to the rappers?

  • Church

    Mex, I usually cosign your posts, but I got to say this one fell off.

    Maybe record labels (and I’ve dealt with several, trust me) don’t EVER look out for the good of the artist or the public the artist appeals to, but saying that they are targeting rappers is backwards logic.

    The lawyer in question was involved with a hip-hop artist, so of course that’s the direction the story is going to take. Not to mention of all the genres out there, the rap game has the highest concentration of artists involved in that sort of activity. Ain’t no one catch any of Brooks and Dunn’s niggas with a couple grams of heroin, trust.

    You gonna rap about it, your gonna turn eyes, your gonna have to deal with the consequences. I’m not saying I agree with a morality clause, I just think if you let someone talk about negative business ventures on tape, don’t be surprised when ignorant ass rappers get caught being ignorant ass criminals.

    Just saying….

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Joe Stay “Paid”

    some of these execs are worse than the rappers…

  • Pigbitin Mad

    You can imagine my frustration when I found a laminated postcard advertising one of her “www.livingthewealthylife.com seminars stuck to my car. It had been baking in the sun and humidity all day and NOTHING WILL GET IT OFF!!! Like I need this $#!T. I will now have to pay a professional to get this damn piece of spam — because I cannot reach all of it as it is stuck below the window line on the driver’s side door. Either that or I just have to live with it and never roll down the drivers side window (kinda tough when you need to get gas). F this. This is my new hate crusade.