So although I had a great trip to New York, (check my blog about my trip here) I had an ulterior motive for going there. Let me tell you the back story.
MF Doom profile on Facebook and the person on that site tells me to deal with a Rahsun Pickett, who he claims is his cousin. So I'm dealing with Rahsun, tell him about my story with Nakeshia, and pay a lesser amount to do a song with Doom. Rahsun even goes as far as to offer me a major deal with Sony, talking these big advance numbers after hearing my phone voice. He was like "Yo with that voice i wanna know if you rap!" So I send him a demo of my old rap shit and he tells me to QUIT MY JOB (which was paying me $120,000 a year) to meet him in New York. The dude could talk the talk. Saying he was an ex A&R at Universal, and got a job at Sony, with a subsidiary label he was running. I was sold, quit my job went to NYC.
I get to NY and he's nowhere to be seen. I'm calling him and he keeps saying he's in a different city doing business (meanwhile my cell is saying he's in some bum town in Georgia). Long story short, I never meet up with him or Sony, and come back home to Perth broke. I later find out Rahsun had gone to jail for fraud.
And, obviously that Doom is a fake!
The Chase took so long to come out, cos I was waiting on these fools. In the end i replace that song with a track with AG. AG is a gentleman, and probably did one of the better songs on the album. So in the end, AG's final piece to my album was a perfect one. AG I will be coming for you to battle you on the basketball court. I will beat you and become a member of DITC as per the terms of our betting agreement!
So the lessons I learned.
Never give the full price up front. Half now, half later. Investigate who you are dealing with, little clues like what city they are in, opposed to where you know the artist to be, are a big giveaway. Question everything. Get them on the phone, or on Skype, and deal direct with the artist whenever possible. Don't jump until you see paperwork!
To check out the results of this hard journey, please visit http://kidtsunamimusic.com