A group of rap-star wannabes blew a $130,000 marketing loan on drugs, first-class airplane tickets and cross-country trips to entertainment festivals — where they weren’t even performing, a new Manhattan lawsuit claims.
While Bronx-based Da YoungFellaz, who have rhymed with Talib Kweli and Snoop Dogg, boast on their Web site that they “haven’t just sat around and waited for fame to land in their lap,” their legal adversaries tell a very different story.
StigmaSound, a Manhattan recording studio, says YoungFellaz Joseph Aguiar, Johnny Aguiar and Brett Officer blew through their first $25,000 loan, meant to rocket the group “toward A-level stardom in the entertainment industry,” in just three months by last October.
“The defendants used loan money . . . for illegal purchases of marijuana,” the Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges.
Johnny Aguiar, whose stage name is Jay Storm, wrote a mea culpa for his behavior to StigmaSound owner Frank Marquez, according to the filing.
“I APOLOGIZE for all of my insults, and comments, I’ve QUIT smoking, and have been for about a month now, I haven’t told you this, but my body, and my mind are going through it, trying to get off the weed,” he wrote in an e-mail attached as an exhibit to the suit.
About six months and $125,000 later, the group had promoted only one of its songs, “Incognito.”
They also dropped $14,000 to attend the popular Austin, Texas, music festival SXSW, even though Da YoungFellaz were not performing at the event, the suit claims.
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