HOUSTON – Rapper Young Jeezy has been sued for allegedly reneging on a scheduled concert in the city last year, according to recent Houston federal court records.
Entertainment promoter Darryl Austin filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Young Jeezy on Feb. 8, accusing the defendant of failing to perform at the Arena Theatre on Dec. 9, 2016 despite agreeing to do so two months prior.
Court documents explain that Austin engaged in negotiations with Sammy Mumphery, Young Jeezy’s agent, and YJ Productions and Concerts to bring Young Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, to Houston for the show in question.
All parties reportedly agreed to an arrangement in which Young Jeezy consented to perform an hour’s worth of songs in exchange for $60,000. The suit says that Austin personally hand-delivered the purported deposit in the amount of $30,000 to the Atlanta-based hip hop star’s handlers.
Per Austin, he subsequently began promotion work in relation to the concert.
A month following the execution of the contract, the original petition says, the plaintiff learned that Young Jeezy decided he did not want to go ahead with the concert.
The suit claims that the rapper’s representatives asked Austin for more money to which the complainant acquiesced because he felt “cornered.”
Despite Austin’s extra efforts to appease Young Jeezy, the 39-year-old artist chose to attend an album release party in his hometown and nixed the Houston show at the last minute, the suit says.
Austin further accuses Young Jeezy of making degrading comments about him after concertgoers were notified of the cancelation.
Mumphery and YJ join Young Jeezy as co-defendants in the litigation.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorney Troy J. Wilson of Richmond is representing Austin.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-0392