Cali Swag District Sue BMI Over Royalty Money
Rappers Cali Swag District are suing bosses at music giant Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) over allegations of missing royalty money. The hip-hop group rose to fame with its 2010 hit Teach Me How To Dougie, and the stars are supposed to be paid every time the track is played, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.com.
However, the Cali Swag District members allege they have not seen any money from BMI, the performing rights organization in the U.S., and claim they are owed more than $187,000.
BMI officials have denied any wrongdoing, insisting they sent the royalty checkss to the group’s agent instead, who appears to have failed to pass on the money to Cali Swag District members Smoove Da General and Yung.
It hasn’t been any easy journey for the hip-hop group, who tragically lost two members within three years. Rapper M-Bone was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, California in 2011. The 22-year-old was in his car after visiting a local liquor store when he was shot twice in the head.
Just three years later, JayAre, real name Cahron Child, died in 2014 after suffering a cardiac arrest in hospital. The 25-year-old reportedly suffered from sickle-cell anemia.