Rapper Trae Tha Truth is set to hold a press conference on Wednesday morning (May 5) at the Harris County Civil Courthouse in Houston to announce the filing of a lawsuit against Radio One, which owns and operates Houston radio Station 97.9 KBXX, The Box.
The rapper (real name: Frasier Thompson) alleges that the station officially banned his music from receiving airplay, and then began to interfere in his relationships with other music industry professionals following an argument with one of their on-air talents.
In court documents, Trae claims he was the subject of a radio ban after morning show radio personality Nnete Inyangumia falsely accused him of causing violence at a public festival which he sponsored, during an on-air interview. Shortly after, the rapper released a mixtape that had a humorous lyric about Nnette’s weight. That’s when the ban started.
“I would not have filed a lawsuit, but when other people started being hurt by this ban, I knew I had to stand up,” said the rapper.
The suit also alleges that a radio station staff member was suspended for a week and a half without pay for making a mixtape outside of work that had Trae’s music in it. The employee, in fear of losing his job, and the ability to feed his family, had to end his relationship with Trae. In another alleged incident, rapper 6tre Gangsta had a song featuring Trae, but when KBXX found out about the song, they notified him that the song would be banned, which resulted in the scrapping of the song and the music video that had been slated for BET.
“I had been excited about being involved with the next Trae album, but with this ban taking place, not only in his hom town, but likely also in the second best place for airplay, which is Dallas, it would be impossible to promote the album,” said Rap-A-Lot Records CEO, J. Prince. “This ban is sabotaging his career, because those cities are the foundation for breaking his records. Having run a record label for over twenty years, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Defendants named in the suit include Radio One, the radio station’s general manager Doug Abernathy, program manager Terri Thomas and morning show radio personality Nnete Inyangumia.
Trae is suing for general damages to his reputation, character, standing in the community, mental suffering, loss of professional opportunities, performance revenue, record royalties and other damages.
A preliminary hearing is set for May 14.