Atlantic Records Under Fire

Written by on January 11, 2018

In an exclusive interview with DJ Pain 1 and BeatStars, Atlantic Records recently found themselves under fire after Wiz Khalifa’s producer E. Dan ,explains how record labels avoid paying producers.

According to E. Dan, who makes up one-third of the production duo ID Labs, Atlantic is using the practice of retitling albums as “mixtapes,” “compilation album,” or “street album” to avoid paying producers their regular rates for use of their tracks. In an interview with BeatStars, E. Dan explained to DJ Pain 1 that with “the Khalifa album, They came up with some really clever name that essentially meant, ‘Everyone involved, you’re going to get paid half what you normally do.’
For those who were unaware, DJBooth explained that Khalifa was a 2016 release that Wiz Khalifa said was a “compilation album” made up of non-album material. E. Dan says he had six production placements on that release but ended up getting paid a lower rate.
Furthermore, E. Dan said a similar situation occurred with Atlantic Records artist Snow Tha Product’s Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover release, which was a free mixtape that he had four placements on.
E. Dan said Atlantic “called it a mixtape. They didn’t treat it like it was an album, which is just their way of not paying him a whole lot.”
Since these allegations against Atlantic Records hit the internet, other producers are speaking out, including Sonny Digital, who is saying that Atlantic isn’t the only label people should be clapping at.

Sonny Digital went to Twitter stating

“If you gonna call out Atlantic,” Digital tweeted, “then you might as well call out all the labels because they all doing the same thing. Shit cash money was dropping actual albums and wasnt even paying the producers. You can’t just single out one party when all other parties doing the same.”
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League aimed their disdain towards “black executives,” whom they deemed responsible for the actions taking place.
“Been said this, but all labels do it black music. It’s all about the bottom line. What angers me is the black executives that let it happen.”

E. Dan wrote a response letter to DJ Booth after they published a story based on the allegations he made against the label. The producer clarified his comments from his previous interview with BeatStars and acknowledged his “choice to take less” while working on Khalifa.
He stated “I was happy to get paid what I did for the project,”. “While not ideal, half of his usual rate for working on a Wiz Khalifa album is still a much better rate than he would get from a developing or indie artist’s album. he knew what he was getting into before it was put together and was literally given the choice to take less because that’s what the budget allowed or he could personally shut the project down if he was unhappy about the compensation. He also stated frankly, this was an album of mostly B-sides that no one was sure they wanted to release anyway.”

Atlantic Records, who is home to artist such as Cardi B, Bruno Mars, and Kevin Gate, has yet to respond to these allegations and we’ll keep you updated if they do

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