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Rap-A-Lot Records’ James Prince Allegedly Assaults Houston Label Owner

rap-a-lot.jpgRonald Bookman, owner of 7303 Records and Studio 7303 in Houston, filed a lawsuit against Rap-A-Lot Records’ owner James Prince yesterday (April 12). According the lawsuit, the situation dates back to 2005 when Prince allegedly allowed his artist, UGK’s Bun B, to appear on a song with 7303 Records’ first artist, JV. The song, “Wrong for Dat,” was recorded in 2005 and Bookman claims Rap-A-Lot and Prince agreed to assign all rights to 7303 Records in exchange for discounted or free studio time at their studio. But according to the suit, Prince didn’t fulfill his promise to allow Bun B on the song after he found out Warner Bros. Records approached Bookman about a label deal. The disagreement then turned physical when Prince and a half-dozen of his associates allegedly beat up Bookman at a Houston recreation center owned by Prince. The incident allegedly took place on January 25, 2007 when Bookman says he was “lured to the gym” after being told Prince wanted to “make things right.” After the attack, Bookman was admitted to the Park Plaza Hospital emergency room for severe head trauma, a broken nose and injuries to both eyes. “This was a vicious act of intimidation, plain and simple,” says John B. Thomas, lead counsel for Bookman. “We believe Mr. Prince’s plan was to eliminate competition in the Houston rap and hip-hop music business through the use of threats, intimidation and violence. We believe that Mr. Prince feared that his influence and financial well-being would suffer if Mr. Bookman and 7303 Records were successful.”

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