Rap-A-Lot Founder James Prince Sues BET, Apple & Viacom over American Gangster Episode

Rap-A-Lot Records founder and CEO James Prince and his associate Thomas Randle have filed a lawsuit against BET, it’s parent company Viacom and Apple Computers over thier portrayal in a recent episode of the popular documentary series American Gangster. According to Apple news website MacNN, the pair are not happy with what the suit describes as “defamatory statements” made during the advertising and promotion of one particular episode that chronicled the life of notorious Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover. The suit states that a photograph displayed during the advertising campaign for the show, that showed Prince and Randle standing with Hoover, incorrectly implied that they were killers (the narrator on the commercial says the word “murderers” when the photo is displayed), and could hurt their professional reputations. The suit also claims that Apple and Viacom have refused to pull the episode and discontinue selling it as a digital download on iTunes, or modify it to protect the identities of the two men. Prince and Randle are seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions barring the companies from publishing, broadcasting or selling the episode; as well as punitive damages for airing it in the first place.

In related news, Prince was indicted on felony assault charges in Houston last month for allegedly ordering the beating of a business associate at a sports complex that the label head owns. Ronald Bookman claims that the mogul ordered five men, including his bodyguard to assault him following a dispute over Bun B’s appearance on another artist’s single. The Houston Chronicle notes that Prince originally faced a misdemeanor charge in connection with the alleged attack, but it was upgraded to a felony after Bookman’s injuries proved more serious than was originally believed. Kent Schaffer, Prince’s attorney, has denied his client was connected to the beating in anyway, saying that Bookman simply got into a fight.

  • Big Chops

    First!

    • EReal

      Yeah, first in line to give blowskis.

      First sayers are with the gays.

  • nappy_pappy

    first to what? first to have a dick in yo mouf? lmaooo anyway this shit is funny… Prince talkin bout they “defamed” his character, but then he ordering beatings and shit gethefuggouttahea!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Shawty Reg

    The real king of the south…..he just tries to stay out of the spotlight…..

    “U Got A Problem Wit Me, Go To Lil J Wit It” Pimp C’s quote on Swishas & Doja

  • SWISHA SWEET

    GOOD LOOKING SHAWTY REG..THAT WAS THE RIGHTQUOTE FOR THIS BLOG.
    AND CAN I ADD ONE LMORE THING TO THAT LINE
    Got A Problem Wit Me, Go To Lil J Wit It” Pimp C’s quote on Swishas & Doja….AND A FIGHT GO WITH THAT. RIP PIMP C

  • EReal

    Gettin money by any means.

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Media hate on Hip-Hop. Fact.

  • JAMES JONES

    GOOD LOOKING SHORTY REG THAT WAS THE PERFECT LINE…LET ME ADD ONE MORE THING TO IT

    U Got A Problem Wit Me, Go To Lil J Wit It” Pimp C’s quote on Swishas & Doja….AND A FIGHT GO WITH THAT.

  • Big Chops

    FUCK YOU EREAL. BITCH ASS AINT GETTIN NO REAL MONEY!!!

    • EReal

      LOL @ GAY FIRSTSAYER

      I was talkin about them you fag. They’re just tryina cake up, like they really give a fuck. Its called comprehension you tool.

      Besides I prolly make more money than you, your momma and your daddy combined fool.

  • http://www.myspace.com/knowbadee eTMh

    SIXTH!!!! OOHH I JUST SAID SIXTH!!!! WATCH OUT!!!

    Anyway, in seriousness, I can sorta understand where Prince is coming from, but it reminds me of Berry Gordy’s protrayal in Dreamgirls. I would like to see this episode, anyone got a link?

  • P

    defemation of character???? damn son, you ordering beat downs on fools and you suing BET for showing your pic next to Hoover? thas wild, he on some suge knight shit

  • bluboy

    yall aint fuckin with the prince

  • Fuck xxl magazine

    man fuck this website they never print my comments…..and a fight go with that

  • INVICTUS

    This is crazy. Defamation of character, and yet ole boy orderin’ the beat down of people… HMMMM, and your character was gettin’ defamed HOW??? His been a hardbody in the game since wayyyyyy back in the day. Scarface even shouts the nigga name out on his new LP; M.A.D.E.

    Big Dog Status

    “24 I wasn’t trippin’ on what I came up in… I was foucusin’ on how to be like JAMES back then”

    He always been lowkey, behind the scene, movin’ shit the way it needed to be moved.

    Who said it better then M. Bleek on 1-900-Hustlers…

    “The STRONG move quiet…The WEAK start riots”

  • Mac Sleepy

    I understand his position completley. This is serious because the Government is comming down hard on anyone that is or was associated wit the Honoable Chairman Larry Hoover. This shyt is crazy cuz they act like they got some sort of personal vendetta against anyone in the black community, that had a tarnished past and has changed for the better and inspires the younger generation to do the same. I just hope he wins this case because these White Folks at Apple and Viacom know they can modify that part of the documentary, but they won’t because it’s like Pac said: “They don’t give a Fukk about Us!”…

    http://www.myspace.com/macsleepy66

  • Durty

    Mac Sleepy I co-sign that. The fedz dont like Rap-A-Lot, not only cuz ah black man running it, and they r close Mr. Larry Hover. They dont’ like the message the artist on label put about how fuck up the government is..fedz been fucking with Geto Boys, Scarface, and UGK for the longest. So when u r in the GAME 4 real as ah Boss, u don’t want any kind attention

  • fedia fly

    duh dis a no brainer you fag fame chasers. why you wanna bring attention to yoself from the alphabet boys when you got dirt in yo past…dis a smart bizzness move by j.

  • Untamed Guerilla

    fuck j prince dat nigga a ho an fuck pimp c dead bitch ass hw yal cry ova a bitch ass nigga yal aint even knw cum 2 east oakland california an u hos cud cry eryday ova a dead nigga. j prince sound like a ho tlkn bou they fuckn up his reputation fuck dat nigga u houston hos cud stay on his dick erybody n da south bite xcept fa new orleans baton rouge an miami. i got respect fa them niggas da rest a yal sum hos houston soft u niggas on sum fake ass blue an red shyt get outa here tke dat j kat ass shyt 2 la. FUCK J PRINCE niggas ot here order murders nt fights fake ass nigga. dum ass deep east oakland cum an leave wit a toe tag ho

    • J Prince

      you pussy ass internet banger.

  • G of the 7

    UNTAMED GUERILLA= YOU AINT NO MOTHERFUCKING ANIMAL!x7 YOU COME ANYWHERE DOWN SOUTH FOREAL INTERNET GANGSTA…AND WELL SHOW MOTHERFUCKERS HOW TO HANDLE YOU!x7……OOOO FUCK ASS NIGGA ILL WHUP YO MOTHERFUCKING HEAD….BY ALL THAT BULLSHIT YOU JUST SAID I KNOW AINT NOTHING REAL BOUT YO DICK IN THE ASS MANHOOD!X7 A BOSS CALLING YO GAY ASS OUT….DELAND,FL RIGHT ON DELAWARE…NOW U CROSS THAT LINE!X7

    • Untamed Guerilla

      HA! u sound like a ho sayin sum shyt like dat lil 1 DELAND??? NEVA HEARD OF IT BRUH. bitch bt u knw bou dis east oakland shyt ho so u wud wana stay n line an dats al ima say i aint wit da arguin i leave dat 2 da hos bt i c ya feelins hurt bou my comment bitch u gve me a laugh fa da day bitch its real ot here u beta luk up dem numbers niggas get merckd. bitch an i wana go down there an merck sumthn i juz wana go sumwhere i heard of patna

      • fukulames

        hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

    • EReal

      What a fag! LMMFAO @ You claimin Deland.

      Man, thats the fuckin burbs you ole King of the Burbs ass nukka. West Orange County bitch, Michigan & OBT / Westmoreland fool. We got murderers down here, dont rep Orlando on some pussy shit. *SMH*

      Take a trip down to the jungle, pussy, tell them gorillas you from Deland and watch em smack the taste out your mouff.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/RICHANDFILTHYUK RICH KID LDN

    WHEN HE WAS TAKING THE PICTURE HE WAS PROBABLY THINKING YEAH I LOOK GANGSTER IN THIS NOT KNOWING WHAT WAS GOING TO COME LATER ……A FAT CHEQUE FROM B.E.T

  • Rell

    Prince gotta right to be upset with Buffoon Entertainment Tool. What kind of businessman or person wanna be characterized and defamed as a killer when you tryna to make moves to better your situation. Yall gotta start lookin at the bigger picture…

  • hahaha

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • fdotlames

    hahaha all u muthafuckaz that are up here on these msg boards talken about “nigga im from this hood fuck yo hood” hahaha if u guys were really from the hood you would be out in the streets PUTTING IN WORK not wasting your fucken time on a msg board hahaha…i can tell u are all fake just by the way u type haahaha trynna talk all urban with slang hahaha FAKE LAME GET A LIFE PAY ATTENTION IN ENGLISH CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO SPELL HAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKEN LAMES!!!!WANKSTAS!!!E-THUGS!!!! u guys are probably from the suburbs of on of the top ten safest cities in america hahahaha

  • Untamed Guerilla says:

    NOTHING THAT MAKES ANY SENSE

  • Jim Vanderwinkle

    fuck black people

  • http://www.xxlmag.com noid

    this nigga looks about 40 years old.i never heard any of his music and truthfully i dont want to.its about time this dude and gza hang it up.

    • Mac Sleepy

      Reading is fundamental Kidz….lol…. Lame ass ni66a do ya history before you talk out ya ass again….

  • Alcoholic Boogieman

    I need viacom money cause rhymin ain’t enough

  • Alcoholic Boogieman

    fuck it