U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of Houston has dismissed a lawsuit against BET, Viacom and Apple Computer by Rap-A-Lot Records founder James Prince.
The suit was filed last December and accuses the trio of incorrectly portraying Prince and his employee Thomas Randle as violent criminals and making “defamatory statements” about the two men in a TV commercial aired as a promotion for an episode of their American Gangster documentary series that centered on Chicago gangster Larry Hoover.
Regarding suing BET, Prince (who founded Rap-A-Lot around the Geto Boys and Scarface back in the late-‘80s) and Randle argued that a photograph that was displayed during the commercial showing Prince and Randle standing with Hoover -- whom they visited in prison -- incorrectly implied that they were killers and could hurt their professional reputations. The suit named Viacom and Apple as defendants, saying that they refused to stop selling the episode as a digital download at the iTunes store.
The Judge dismissed Prince’s claims in a six-page ruling, pointing out that the photograph was a fair depiction of the fact that the two men visited Hoover in prison and represented “a broadcast of accurate pictures of their social choices.”
Kinda funny when the people behind gangsta rap get all upset about being portrayed as actual gansters, huh?
(Oh, and that's a video for "Who's The Biggest" by Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys above...'cause he's awesome and hilarious...)