CHICAGO (CBS) — A music supervisor claims she was scammed by an up-and-coming rapper and producer.
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Monday evening, the supervisor mentioned she paid for his or her expertise, however says she received nothing in return.
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“It does really feel like a shakedown,” mentioned unbiased artist supervisor Elizabeth Johanson. “It appears like a unending ladder.”
Johanson manages unbiased artists for a label referred to as Chicago Executives.
“They really feel like no one goes to say something due to their standing,” she mentioned.
However she isn’t staying silent anymore. Johanson claims Chicago rapper Queen Key scammed her out of $1,000 for a digital live performance throughout the pandemic.
She additionally alleges producer DJ Ayo was paid for his providers, however he by no means delivered.
“It seems to be like dangerous recognition on our firm,” Johanson mentioned.
Johanson scheduled a digital live performance to assist her lesser-known artists throughout the pandemic. She did it earlier within the lockdown with completely different artists and it was a hit – teaming up with larger names to assist her unbiased rappers get publicity.
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Ke’Asha McClure, generally known as Queen Key, was paid $1,000. However Johanson claims Queen Key by no means did the digital live performance.
Johanson tried getting her a reimbursement beginning in October with no luck.
“We did must refund tickets. We needed to refund slots – the entire 9 yards,” Johanson mentioned.
In a separate transaction, DJ Ayo – or Jahmere Tylon – was paid $650 to supply beats. However when the work by no means received finished, Johansen requested repeatedly for a refund.
“In fact, cash by no means got here,” Johanson mentioned.
He wrote in a message: “So when ought to I count on my refund, as a result of Monday had come and handed? So what’s up with my refund?”
“I haven’t acquired my refund,” Johanson mentioned.
After months of not providing a refund, Johanson mentioned that Queen Key paid up in full on Monday after we began asking questions.
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DJ Ayo responded to us in an e-mail and says he didn’t rip-off anyone. Quite, he mentioned, he received behind and did among the work and subsequently couldn’t supply a full refund – solely a partial one. He additionally mentioned Johanson hasn’t contacted him about that.