Trae Tha Truth Sues Houston Radio Station Over Music Ban

Trae Tha Truth has filed a lawsuit against Houston radio station 97.9 KBXX The Box and its parent company Radio One.

The H-town rapper is specifically targeting the station’s general manager Doug Abernathy, program manager Terri Thomas and radio personality Nnete Inyangumia after the station banned his music from receiving airplay.

Trae claims that 97.9—the only hip-hop station in Houston—stopped playing his music after an on-air interview in which Inyangumia accused him of causing violence at a recent public festival. In addition to the ban, he accuses the station of interfering with other personal business dealings. For instance, Trae alleges that Kracker Nuttz, one of the station’s most popular DJs and a 12-year vet of the company, was reportedly fired for accidentally playing a song by Chamillionaire, which featured a verse by Trae.

“I would not have filed a lawsuit, but when other people started being hurt by this ban, I knew I had to stand up,” Trae said. “I just could not let any more people suffer and be punished by the radio station over this ridiculous vendetta.”

Trae is suing for general damages to his reputation, character, and standing in the community, as well as mental suffering, loss of professional opportunities, performance revenue, record royalties and other damages.

“We believe that the defendants have gone beyond the parameters of legally sanctioned activity in first banning Trae’s music, then going as far as to intentionally interfere with his business relationships and thus destroy his career,” says the rapper’s attorney Warren Fitzgerald Jr. “I find this behavior repulsive, especially for a radio station that daily champions itself as music artists’ ‘best friend.’”

A preliminary hearing is set for May 14. —Brooklyne Gipson

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  • Gift

    this shit is all the way fucked up. How can someone ban you from getting yo money, for some shit you had nothing to do with? Fuck hot 97.9 the box. I remember hearing about this shit a while back, but I had no idea it had spread that way to where people were fired for playing anything w/TRAE on it.

  • shone jones

    Boycott 97.9 The Box!!!!!

  • $yk

    The industry has blackballed artists for years. Execs AND high profile artists scared of competition have done it.

  • GHBJ

    This is all the fucked up. This is how he gets his music promoted & they want 2 ban 4 no fucking reason. They deserved 2 be sued.

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    FUCK THE BOX das y i dont listen to the radio now they stay on some bs an GAY MACK bitch u not from my city come to 6th an Ave J Place bitch and get smashed

  • ms_spittuh

    I used to love the other hip hop station we had. that 104.9 or whatever the fuck it was called. Not only did they play some nice shit but they played East Coast shit as well. Do you even know how hard it is to get them to played Method Man? 97.9 the Box plays the same fucking shit every fucking day. I get sick of them. I only listen to them at 12 pm during the lunch mix because that is the only time they play anything East, West Coast or some old school Down South 8Ball & MJG shit. I’m backing Trae up on this one.

  • LEEK

    What makes this situation strange is Trae was presented with the Key To The City. A positive force in Hip Hop getting banned from radio? Shit is just stupid.


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    • http://xxl mr.cleveland

      send z-ro up to the radio station a.b.n

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        when i load my AK thse bitch niggas gone laaayyy….

  • El Tico Loco

    Why not have an artists class action suit against Radio One? Not just Trae, he’s in good company when it comes to bans and politics.

  • The Decatur Dictator

    Urban radio in totality is game man. They play the same 8-10 songs all day on each show as if it just cam out and on top of that, they mostly shun local artist. How can a local artist become a national artist if his local station won’t even give him a couple of spins to see what the reaction is? I never listen to urban radio anymore, I’d rather listen to talk radio. When I do listen to music in the ride, it’s Ipod all day. Urban radio has no variety, they act like a diverse playlist is the devil or something. No one wants to hear the same crap all day long…geeesh! I was flipping stations here and they had Gucci Mane on 3 different channels at the same time I mean come on man! Can we get a variety of music? Some rap from the 80′s,90′s-to the present…If I hear “OJ the wackman” one more time I might just murk myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Boycott KBXX 979.9 THE BOX in Houston…Let’s get a petition started asap!!

  • Anonymous

    Petition KBXX 97.9 the box

  • GTE713

    Boycott the Box…97.9 Houston

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