UPDATE: Since everyone started blasting him, Uncle Louie finally paid Devo Spice back.
I'm leaving this video up as an archival piece, because a lot of sites linked to it.
This is the full video explanation of why Devo Spice had to sue Uncle Louie and The Fat Boys.
He also explains how Uncle Louie used the Twitter accounts of several famous artists to call Devo Spice a "racist".
Uncle Louie claims "This is only $500, not $50k", so what's the problem Louie?
Just pay the man the money that you owe him!
Devo Spice's short explanation of the situation:
"I've talked about this briefly in the past but didn't want to say too much until things were finalized. I don't really know why. I've just heard that's what you do with lawsuits, I guess so you don't jinx them. This is the short version. I'll talk about this more on this month's episode of The Insider which I'll try to have done by this weekend.
In 2009 I had an opportunity to have Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys appear on one of my songs. If you know me you know I grew up a huge Fat Boys fan so I jumped at this opportunity. I was so excited for this. I believe the technical term is "I plotzed." I paid his manager for the verse, and as you can probably guess since this article is called "The Lawsuit," it never arrived. Mark kept promising he would get me the verse and then I wouldn't hear from him for weeks at a time. My album's release date came and went in 2011 without the song on it but he kept telling me he would get it done. Finally in August of 2011 he told me he recorded the verse. I was psyched, thinking this was finally going to happen, but he never sent it. My patience finally ran out this spring and I gave Mark and his manager until the end of April to get me the verse. That didn't happen. Then I gave them until the end of May to give me my money back. That didn't happen either. So I sued in small claims court. That happened.
The lawsuit was against Mark's manager's company, the Uncle Louie Music Group. My case was heard this morning and Mark's manager didn't show up. They are based in Florida and the trip would cost them more than they owe me so I wasn't expecting them to show. But the judge wouldn't just give me a default judgement until I presented my case. So I did. It was a lot of "this happened, here's a print out showing that, then this happened, here's a print out showing that," etc. In the end he ruled in my favor, so now I get to try to collect on the judgement which is going to be fun. Fun in the scratching-your-eyes-on-a-thorn-bush kind of way.
The song is called "7 Deadly Sins." It's about a guy using the 7 deadly sins as a checklist on how to live his life. My plan was to have Prince Markie Dee interrupt me during the Gluttony verse and then go into a classic Fat Boys verse about all the food he can pound down. It also features The Great Luke Ski on the Pride verse because duh. The song is done, except for Mark's recording. Since it's so close to completion I am going to finish the song with a different vocalist. I already have someone lined up for this and I'm very happy to have him on board. So the song should come out great anyway."
This site provides links to random videos hosted at YouTube, with the emphasis on random.
The original idea for this site actually stemmed from another idea to provide a way of benchmarking the popularity of a video against the general population of YouTube videos. There are probably sites that do this by now, but there wasn’t when we started out. Anyway, in order to figure out how popular any one video is, you need a pretty large sample of videos to rank it against. The challenge is that the sample needs to be very random in order to properly rank a video and YouTube doesn’t appear to provide a way to obtain large numbers of random video IDs.
Even if you search on YouTube for a random string, the set of results that will be returned will still be based on popularity, so if you’re using this approach to build up your sample, you’re already in trouble. It turns out there is a multitude of ways in which the YouTube search function makes it very difficult to retrieve truly random results.
So how can we provide truly random links to YouTube videos? It turns out that the YouTube programming interface (API) provides additional functions that allow the discovery of videos which, with the right approach, are much more random. Using a number of tricks, combined some subtle manipulation of the space-time fabric, we have managed to create a process that yields something very close to 100% random links to YouTube videos.
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