As if being totally irrelevant wasn’t quite enough, the publication Hip Hop Weekly is apparently unfamiliar with the concept of paying people who work for you. In a truly brilliant move, someone at the publication sent out an invite to the magazine’s 50th anniversary bash to a wide list of those associated with the magazine earlier this week–only said list included quite a few contributors that the publisher just didn’t feel like paying. Wacky e-mails ensued, as did the threat of a class-action lawsuit and a protest at the upcoming BET Hip Hop Awards. And then one unpaid photographer got separate phone calls from publishers David Mays and Benzino, who were apparently playing out a “good cop, mentally imbalanced cop” scenario in which Benzino “was totally ignorant and foul,” and eventually had a photo editor to step in and do damage control. Good times. [Gawker]
“Hip Hop Weekly” Not Paying Freelancers? You Don’t Say!
October 10th, 2008 // 3 Comments