T-Pain Is The ONLY One Who Cares About George Clinton?
Word on the street is that legendary funk pioneer George Clinton has signed on with a new management company after being promised by the firm to help him regain the intellectual property he had lost. More about this troubling news after the jump.
Signing with Exclusive Solutions Management for representation, Clinton is trying to get the money that was taken from him by his original management company.
My question is where is the outpouring of financial support for someone who fathered a lot of careers in the music industry… *cough* Ice Cube *cough*
“At a time when he should be able to live off his life’s work, Clinton is struggling to provide for his family and give his mother a proper burial,” read a statement from ESM announcing the venture.
After Clinton’s mother, Julious G. Keaton, passed away earlier this month in North Carolina, the master of the bass beat has found it hard to be able to pay for her funeral services. The company goes on to say that Clinton “has received little monetary gain over the past three decades from his musical works, such as “Flashlight” and “One Nation Under a Groove.”
“Atomic Dog” is one of the most sampled songs in history, yet Clinton does not receive any compensation from it since he does not legally own the rights to the song. The fight has been taken to his former business partners and managers, Armen Boladian and Nene Montes.
“There were several documents that appear to have George’s signature on them which turns most of his publishing and masters over to Boladian and Montes, which caused Clinton to lose all rights and financial gain to all of his songs,” ESM said in the statement. “Clinton asserts that he would not be so careless as to sign over complete rights to his music for a lifetime. This brings to the forefront the ethical relationship between artist and the third parties whom they entrust to take care of their business.”
Clinton, according to ESM, is determined to bring awareness to some of the issues he and other artists face with mismanagement in the music industry. Most recently, Clinton, 68, appeared in T-Pain‘s “Take Your Shirt Off” video. You can check that out below: