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Glenn Danzig Bitch Slapped by Judge: No Hot Topic Money for You!

The Hot Topic-Misfits war is finally over, and (SURPRISE) life just handed another bitter lemon to Glenn Danzig.

The former Misfits singer won’t be getting a single cent from that enormous Hot Topic merchandising deal — despite suing his former bandmate and arch nemesis Jerry Only for a chunk of the empire – because, as justice would have it, a judge has officially tossed Danzig’s lawsuit out of court.

(Check out Noisey’s full article on all the pathetic Misfits memorabilia currently being hawked by HT.)


RE-TOX broke the Glenn Danzig lawsuit story a couple months ago. Danzig sued Only in April, but on August 6th, a U.S. district judge in California dismissed Danzig’s lawsuit on grounds the suit was an embarrassing failure.

The primary failure, according to the court order, was that Danzig failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted (i.e. his arguments just weren’t up to snuff). Danzig had argued that Only violated the terms of a 1994 contract, in which Danzig, Jerry, and others agreed to share ownership of the Misfits trademarks (including the band’s iconic “Fiend Skull” logo) for merchandising purposes.

Danzig claimed Only also violated the agreement by threatening to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

As a result, Danzig said Only owed him a fat check. Yadda yadda.

Unfortunately, according to the judge, Danzig failed to allege which terms of the 1994 agreement Only actually breached. In the ruling, the judge notes that the merchandise provision of the 1994 agreement grants each co-owner (Danzig, Only, whoever) the “non-exclusive right to conduct merchandising and to exploit other rights relating to the use and exploitation of the name Misfits.” AND that each will retain 100% of what each earns individually from exploiting these merchandising rights.

The best part: the agreement even states that neither Only nor Danzig has any obligation to pay the other person in the event one makes more money than the other.

Translation: Danzig doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

As for Danzig’s allegation that Only employed unsavory business tactics – threatening retailers to boycott Danzig — the judge was unsympathetic.

Danzig could still amend his complaint — and, who knows, he might — but for now it’s game, set, match.

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Faizon Love Male Nurse? Actor Sued Over 1987 Nursing School Loan — He Wanted to Be a Focker

You can milk just about anything with nipples, but you can’t milk the U.S. government. Eight years before his big break in the 1995 hit “Friday,” 19-year-old Faizon Love wanted to be a male nurse, but he couldn’t afford his student bills. Now, his past is coming back to haunt him in a big way, in the form of a lawsuit.

Uncle Sam, on behalf of the Department of Education, has sued Love over an outstanding student loan debt from 1987. The principal allegedly totals $1,435.13, but adding a quarter century of interest, the United States of America says Love now owes the government all of $4,309.27 plus whatever interest has continued to accrue.

According to official documents, Love filed the federal student loan application in NYC on August 17, 1987, asking for $2,625 to help cover his tuition at the American Business Institute in Queens.

The American Business Institute — in addition to providing home healthcare services — specializes in training people to become home healthcare professionals, such as nurses and home health aides.

It’s unclear if Love ever finished the program, but according to Uncle Sam, he never settled his bills and now it’s time to pay the piper.

Bonus: here’s Faizon’s butt.



Misfits’ Jerry Only Demands Dismissal of Danzig Lawsuit: He’ s Out of Touch with Reality

The merch war continues! Misfits bassist Jerry Only is taking Glenn Danzig to task — after the former Misfits singer sued Only for allegedly cutting him out of a lucrative merchandising deal with Hot Topic — claiming the Danzig lawsuit isn’t just too little too late, it has ZERO BASIS IN FACT.

Jerry (along with his company Cyclopian Music) filed the new legal documents in California district court last week, asking a judge to dismiss the Danzig lawsuit in its entirety with prejudice. In the process, Jerry suggests what many people have suspected for years: Danzig has utterly lost touch with reality.

RE-TOX broke the Danzig lawsuit story last month. Danzig sued Jerry Only for breach of contract, claiming Only registered trademarks for everything Misfits-related in 2000 behind Danzig’s back, misappropriating exclusive ownership over the marks for himself, including the band’s iconic “Fiend Skull” logo.


By doing so, Danzig — who describes himself in the lawsuit as the “creative heart of the Misfits” who first thought of using skeletal figures and motifs in the band’s performances – claims Jerry violated a 1994 contract, in which Danzig, Jerry, and others agreed to share ownership of the Misfits trademarks for merchandising purposes.

Despite the 1994 agreement, Danzig claims Only secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, after registering the Misfits trademarks, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig says Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.


After Danzig’s lawsuit was filed, Only’s attorney issued a statement, claiming, “Danzig’s lawsuit can only be described as a sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations, the majority of which are completely false, while others are ill conceived and grossly misguided.”

Now Jerry Only and his acrobatic lawyer have taken it one step further, filing legal documents that take issue with Danzig’s allegations for several reasons, namely: 1) Danzig waited too long to file his lawsuit, 2) Danzig never actually attempted to use the Misfits trademarks, and 3) Danzig pretty much made up all his arguments without providing anything even remotely resembling evidence.


Only claims Danzig offers zero facts to back up his ludicrous claims, such as the claim that he created the “Fiend Skull” logo. Moreover, Only says Danzig’s arguments are so vague and immaterial, they’re nearly impossible to respond to. Only uses the example of Danzig’s alleged deal with Hot Topic, which Danzig has accused Only of sabotaging. Only says Danzig never shows proof he even had a deal with Hot Topic in the works, or how Only played a role in it falling to pieces.

For Only’s part, he cites a 6-year statute of limitations in New York which alone would bar Danzig’s breach of contract claim (Cyclopian applied for Misfits trademarks in 2000 and 2004, meaning Danzig filed his lawsuit at least 4 years too late). Secondly, Jerry argues trademark ownership takes effect only when someone actually uses the trademarks, which Jerry plainly did and Danzig did not.

Those are three main arguments. Only makes a bunch more, but truthfully, they’re so rooted in legal technicalities, it’s hard to tell who’s actually screwing whom.

Nevertheless, both Only and Danzig have resorted to such legal pettiness that it pretty much doesn’t matter anymore. It’s hard to pick sides when they’re both assholes. Also, we can probably all agree that Hot Topic Misfits merch should be set aflame on principle alone.

No matter what, here’s hoping Danzig files a manic sternly-worded response. Because this is getting too good.

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Juggalos Gang Status Federal Mistake? FBI Admits It Never Investigated ICP Fan Base Before Placing It on Gang List

The FBI has just admitted it never formally investigated Insane Clown Posse‘s fan base — known as the Juggalos – before labeling the group a gang in 2011, an admission that raises serious questions about the reliability of its bi-annual “National Gang Threat Assessment” report.

Representing the FBI, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade wrote in her response to the lawsuit filed earlier this year by ICP, “There was no FBI investigation of the Juggalos for suspected gang activity in preparation for the 2011 [National Gang Intelligence Center] Report, and no FBI investigation otherwise underlying the decision to include the identification of the Juggalos as a gang in the 2011 NGIC Report.”

In the documents, filed in April in Michigan district court, McQuade adds, “The analyst who drafted the Juggalos section of the 2011 NGIC Report did not consider or rely on any FBI-generated investigative information or records. ”

ICP sued the FBI and the Department of Justice in January over the classification of Juggalos as a gang in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, demanding the Federal agencies expunge the classification on grounds it unfairly characterized a large group of innocent people as violent criminals.

In the federal report, the Juggalos were labeled a “a loosely-organized hybrid gang” that is “rapidly expanding into many US communities.”

Juggalos are listed in the report alongside Mexican drug cartels and human traffickers.

ICP was livid over the classification, immediately criticizing the report in a news conference, saying, “We’re not a gang. We’re a family.”

Shortly after suing, the law firm representing ICP submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to FBI Headquarters for all records regarding the investigation behind the FBI’s classification of Juggalos as a gang.

And this is where the FBI’s embarrassing response comes in.

In addition to McQuade’s admission that there actually was no FBI investigation behind the devastating “gang” classification, which allegedly led to endless unwarranted harassment of innocent Juggalos by law enforcement across the country, the U.S. Attorney lays out the shockingly willy-nilly information gathering that went into the 2011 federal gang report.

Here’s how McQuade describes the troubling functionality of the National Gang Intelligence Center, the FBI-established agency tasked with putting the report together:

“The NGIC receives gang-related information and intelligence from state, local, and other law enforcement partners on an ongoing basis. Based on the information and intelligence it receives in this regard, the NGIC identifies law enforcement trends to include in the bi-annual [National Gang Threat Assessment] reports.”

Ahem. “Trends.”

McQuade continues, “The purpose of the bi-annual reports is simply to report trends in intelligence and information that the NGIC receives from its law enforcement partners. It is not the purpose of the reports to affirm or negate the accumulated information and intelligence [emphasis added].”

In other words, according to McQuade, the National Gang Threat Assessment report, issued bi-annually under the banner of the FBI, is not obligated to provide verification for any of its unqualified, potentially reckless blanket statements — in this case, that a large population of mostly harmless social outcasts is a dangerous, criminal gang.

More troublingly, McQuade says the claims in the report are based exclusively on allegations from a relatively small number of disparate state and local law enforcement entities. According to the report, only 4 states even recognize the Juggalos as a gang (Utah, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Arizona).

McQuade writes, “The file [of Juggalo records] contained information from state and local law enforcement officials who reported that their jurisdictions did not officially recognize Juggalos as a gang, as well as information provided by state and local law enforcement officials whose jurisdictions recognized Juggalos as a gang.”

According to McQuade, only ONE local agency provided a police report about specific criminal activities involving Juggalos.


Let us repeat. The decision to classify Juggalos nationally as a dangerous gang was based entirely on information from a small number of state and local law enforcement officials, by McQuade’s own admission: “The NGIC analyst considered and relied exclusively on [this information] in drafting the Juggalos portion of the 2011 Report.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the 2011 report also included this flagrantly fear-mongering photo.


More like the Federal Bureau of Non-Investigation.

Whoop whoop.


American Apparel Racist — Clothing Company Sued for Racial Profiling

Black women can’t shop at American Apparel without being accused of shoplifting and then humiliated by police. At least, that’s what one Philadelphia woman claims, and now she’s suing an AA clothing store for more than $150,000.

Lisa Horner filed the lawsuit against a local American Apparel store (3661 Walnut Street) on Wednesday, claiming she was racially profiled last year by white AA employees at that location.


According to the lawsuit, Lisa (the only black person in the store) was trying on clothes in the dressing room last November, minding her business, and when she exited, she was immediately detained by Philadelphia police officers for shoplifting.

While she was in the dressing room, Lisa claims store employees had falsely informed police she’d stolen a shirt by replacing a new shirt with an old one.

While she was detained in the store, Lisa claims police demanded to see her ID and then searched her in front of several other customers. She claims the police found nothing and she was ultimately let go, but not without lasting emotional damage.

Lisa claims she was left feeling humiliated, angry, and depressed after the experience. She’s suing for at least $150,000 to make things right.

And it’s not the first time the L.A. based clothing company has been accused of racism — bizarre racism at that.

Aside from the fact that AA’s hypersexual ad campaigns obviously skew toward fair-skinned girls,  an ex-manager at one location once said she’d specifically been instructed NOT to hire “trashy” black girls. Instead, the manager said she was instructed to hire “classy” black girls, explicitly making race a determining factor in staffing decisions. Why wouldn’t AA simply have a policy against “trashy” girls in general? Why specify black? Who knows.

Then there’s that time AA was accused of using Mexican people as fashion accessories.


Then there’s that time AA published this ad featuring a 22-year-old Bangladeshi model named Maks for its “Made in Bangladesh” campaign. She was apparently fine with it, but the ad left a bad taste in people’s mouths for various reasons, mostly for its flagrant exploitation of publicity surrounding recent Bangladesh factory disasters.


And let’s not even get into American Apparel’s ugly people policy.

At this point, you’d think AA’s been in enough hot water that its employees would just shut the fuck up already.

Unless, of course, Lisa was actually stealing shit.


Prison Prankster Files Bogus Donald Sterling Lawsuit — When White People Sweat, They Smell Like Wet Bologna

When white people sweat, they smell like wet bologna. Allen Iverson killed Bill Cosby‘s son. Carmelo Anthony routinely gave white kids wedgies in high school. The movie “White Men Can’t Jump” unfairly portrays white men as subpar athletes. Black NBA players orchestrated the Donald Sterling audio leak in order to steal the Clippers from him.

These are just a handful of allegations in a bogus lawsuit filed last month by legendary troll and Pennsylvania inmate Jonathan Lee Riches, the Guinness Book of World Records’ “most litigious man in history,” famous for filing 2,600+ fake lawsuits involving celebrities like Selena Gomez , George W. Bush, Paris Hilton, Martha Stewart, and more.

In the latest suit, mailed from Riches’ prison facility in Bellafonte, PA, Riches pretends to be Donald Sterling (hilariously misspelled in the lawsuit as “Ronald Sterling”) demanding a restraining order against nearly every big-name black player in the NBA … ever … including Chris Paul, LeBron James, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Mookie Blaylock, Spud Webb, Shawn Kemp, Allen Iverson, Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan, and Lamar Odom. All told, the lawsuit lists nearly 100 defendants.

According to the lawsuit, written from Sterling’s perspective, the NBA and its black players are using him as a “political scapegoat,” using racism allegations as a way to steal the L.A. Clippers from him.
The lawsuit states, “Magic Johnson is conspiring with Commissioner Adam Silver to take the L.A. Clippers from Donald Sterling based on false racial allegations. If Mr. Sterling was a racist, the NAACP would not have him being honored with a lifetime achievement award. Obviously, they recognize this is all lies to allow the Black players to steal this team from him.”

And that’s when the lawsuit gets even crazier. Riches says Silver loves to laugh at Magic Johnson’s racist jokes about white people, including Johnson’s hilarious observation that white people smell like wet bologna when they sweat. (For the record, we can say with 99.999999% certainty, that Magic Johnson has never said anything about white people smelling like bologna.)


The prison prankster also resurrects the infamous 1991 Charles Barkley incident, when the NBA star spat into the crowd during a game and accidentally hit an 8-year-old girl (who happened to be white). Riches says there’s a double standard of racism whereby a white player would have received much harsher penalties if he spat on an 8-year-old black girl.

The entire lawsuit is blatant race-baiting trollery, designed to stir up as much controversy as possible.

This is where Riches shines, and where, since his initial incarceration for fraud in 2006, he’s routinely fooled overeager and under-vetted media outlets into running fatuous stories about celebrities involved in utterly laughable legal situations, like Justin Bieber stealing Selena Gomez’ dad’s Amex for penis enlargement surgery, and George W. Bush acting as a time traveler who “conspired with Duke of Normandy at Battle of Hastings 1066 A.D. to pervert the English Dictionary and Law.”

In an old lawsuit against Allen Iverson, Riches claimed Iverson hired him to be his personal trainer and then offered Riches money in exchange for sex. Riches said he needed a hair transplant, so he acquiesced to Iverson’s demands and thereby became Iverson’s “white juicy fruit.”

Riches is relentless, too. We got our hands on another lawsuit, filed just last week in Nevada district court, in which several famous prisoners (including alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes, convicted Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols, and convicted 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef) express their undying support for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxer’s legal battle against a random New Orleans bar. The lawsuit appears to be Riches’ handiwork, judging by the handwriting and the inclusion of the intervenor “Jonathan Rich,” although we can’t say for certain.

The lawsuit describes Holmes, Nichols, and Yousef as Mayweather’s “biggest fans,” and even though we hope that’s true, the lawsuit itself is as bogus as they get.

But why would Riches do this? In a 2013 interview, he told Details magazine that filing absurd lawsuits is his art and he’s not going to stop any time soon: “I’m going to continue to file suits … and make fun of the judicial system … It’s tagging. It’s spray-painting. I’m on these dockets forever.”

“It’s my own twisted entertainment,” he said. “Because I have a right. And no one can stop me.”

And even though judges and legal experts around the country believe Riches’ hobby has become an enormous distraction (not to mention a drain of resources) for the court systems, it seems he’s right.



DMX Bankruptcy Fiasco: Rapper Ordered to Pay $244,000 Over Botched Comeback Tour

Pay attention, kids. This is what happens when you screw up your bankruptcy: your creditors hunt you down in court with a vengeance and nail you for $244,000 that you pretty much definitely don’t have. Case in point, DMX. Poor, poor DMX.

According to new court documents, DMX was just ordered to pay the quarter-million dollar sum to a booking agency called Heavy Rotation, after the company sued the rapper in 2012 for torpedoing his own highly-anticipated international comeback tour.

According to HR’s lawsuit, DMX sabotaged the tour with his myriad legal problems (most notably, a passport lien stemming from unpaid child support). HR claimed it coughed up nearly $100,000 to help X deal with his issues, all so he could perform on the tour, but DMX continued to cause problems. Worst of all, DMX couldn’t get the lien lifted on his passport, so he was stuck in the U.S.

HR claimed it was subsequently forced to cancel the entire tour it had planned, a decision that cost the company $749,285, so it sued DMX for the full amount.

DMX then did what any broke person would do in that situation, he filed for bankruptcy last July. The HR lawsuit was placed on hold as a result. But not for long.

The judge in DMX’s bankruptcy eventually dismissed the rapper’s filing at the request of U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis, citing legal noncompliance. Davis’ office accused Simmons of “obvious inconsistencies regarding his income and assets, rendering it impossible to ascertain his financial affairs.” Translation: DMX botched his paperwork.

HR didn’t miss a beat, pouncing on DMX as soon as the coast was clear. DMX failed to respond to HR’s renewed legal overtures, so the judge finally issued a default judgment against the rapper earlier this month for $244,325.60. And all of it could have been avoided if he just filed for bankruptcy correctly.

And that’s why you hire good lawyers, kids.

The irony of ironies: DMX is now touring internationally.


Bryant McKinnie Settled Strip Club Lawsuit for $150K

Turns out Bryant McKinnie‘s infamous $375,000 strip club bill wasn’t as “bogus” as he said it was; the 350-pound unemployed offensive tackle has finally agreed to pay off a huge chunk of the alleged debt. $150,000 to be exact. Which, for the average person, equals roughly 4,000 lap dances, not including tip.

According to new court documents, McKinnie recently struck the settlement agreement with Trick Daddy‘s father Charles “Pops” Young after Young sued McKinnie for $375,000 in 2012.

Young claimed McKinnie ran up the bill over a 20-month period at two of his strip clubs, including the Miami staple King of Diamonds. According to Young, McKinnie promised to pay the bill back in 2010, but never did. It’s unclear how McKinnie ran up such an astronomical tab, but apparently it’s not all that uncommon.

In fact, relatively speaking, it’s not even that impressive. Rick Ross, Diddy, and a bunch of rapper friends once reportedly spent $1 million at King of Diamonds in a single night.

But McKinnie’s story is still more interesting. Immediately following Young’s filing, McKinnie fully denied the bill, saying in an interview, “What strip club gives you a $375,000 tab? It just sounds stupid to me. I’ve never heard of this in my life. This is bogus to me.”

So, that McKinnie has agreed to cover a chunk of the bill, even just 40% of it, suggests it wasn’t such a “bogus” lawsuit after all.

He’s already gone to work, too. According to the new documents, McKinnie has already paid $37,000. He still has to pay $113,000, which isn’t a huge chunk of change for someone who’s earned several million dollars every year since he was drafted to the Minnesota Vikings in 2002, but it’s still pretty big.

Especially considering McKinnie is currently a free agent.



Las Vegas Cocktail Waitress Sues Bellagio, Denies Fellating Man on Casino Floor

A former Las Vegas cocktail waitress is suing the Bellagio for assault, battery, false imprisonment, and sex discrimination, claiming she was falsely accused of openly performing oral sex on a man inside the casino … fired … then held against her will and ruthlessly interrogated for 7 hours.

Lindsay Gambit filed the lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, claiming she was abruptly fired in 2011, after 8 years of faithful service, when her superiors falsely accused her of “getting fingered,” “giving a blowjob,” and “having sex” in plain view inside the casino.

Gambit claims she was given her job back after surveillance video showed she was innocent, but the harassment from her Bellagio supervisors continued. Gambit claims they continually spread rumors about her engaging in sexual conduct at the casino, even though she insists she did not.

Gambit says she complained and was eventually fired again in 2012, except this time she was dragged into an interrogation room by Bellagio security guards. She claims the director of security Ray Brown subjected her to an “abusive and unlawful” 7-hour interrogation about her alleged involvement in a credit card fraud scheme.

According to the lawsuit, Brown suspected Gambit was in cahoots with a casino customer who was using a fraudulent credit card.

During the interrogation, Gambit claims Brown repeatedly called her things like “white trash,” “piece of shit,” and “low life.” Gambit says she was terrified and tried to contact her lawyer, but Brown ripped her phone out of her hands. She says that’s when cops showed up and continued the interrogation.

According to the lawsuit, Lindsay was ultimately booked and charged in connection with the alleged credit card scheme, but she continues to fight the charges.

After she left Bellagio for good, Gambit says Brown continued to spread rumors about her working as a prostitute in the casino. She claims the entire ordeal has left her emotionally scarred. She claims she can’t eat, she can’t sleep, and her reputation has been permanently tarnished.

She’s suing for big money, well in excess of $50,000.


Diplo & Azealia Banks Sued for Stealing ‘Fuck Up the Fun’ Beat: Diplo’s a Liar, We Never Collaborated, and We’re Not ‘Homies’

The gloves are off now. A Dutch music producer has just filed a lawsuit against Diplo and rapper Azealia Banks, claiming Diplo flat-out stole his beat to use on Banks’ 2012 song “Fuck Up the Fun” and even had the audacity to pass it off as his own work.

MasterD — a DJ well-known in the underground Dutch “bubbling” scene – filed the suit in Missouri, alleging Diplo knew the beat wasn’t his creation, but used it anyway without permission.

Diplo and Banks released “Fuck Up the Fun” in 2012, with Diplo taking sole producer credit, and the public backlash was swift in coming. People across the Internet immediately recognized the similarities between “Fuck Up the Fun” and MasterD’s “Mad Drumz,” and slammed Diplo as a beat stealer.

In response to the 2012 accusations, Diplo emailed Pitchfork, claiming “Fuck Up the Fun” was actually a collaboration between him and MasterD. Diplo wrote, “These guys [MasterD and friends] are my homies. If anyone can really help break these underground movements it’s a young artist like Azealia Banks.”

Diplo called his sole producer credit a mistake and quickly bestowed a co-producer title on MasterD, but according to MasterD’s lawsuit, he and Diplo are the opposite of “homies.”


MasterD claims he produced and copyrighted “Mad Drumz” in 2008, and four years later, Diplo released the same exact beat on Banks’ track under his own name. MasterD insists he was never contacted for permission to use his beat on “Fuck Up the Fun” prior to its release, and he most definitely didn’t “collaborate” on it.

Once “Fuck Up the Fun” came out, and Diplo started getting heat from MasterD fans, MasterD claims Diplo reached out to him in a desperate last-minute attempt to get permission to use the beat, but no deal was struck. MasterD claims Diplo and Banks then brazenly continued to sell and perform “Fuck Up the Fun,” despite having zero permission to do so.

MasterD claims “Fuck Up the Fun” earned Diplo and Banks hundreds of thousands of digital downloads and even more video views, resulting in astronomical losses for MasterD.

MasterD claims he even sent Diplo and Banks a cease-and-desist letter, demanding they stop stealing his track, but it went unanswered.

In addition to Diplo (real name Thomas Pentz) and Banks, MasterD is suing Universal Music Group as well as all the retailers that allegedly distributed Banks’ “Fantasea” mix tape, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Overstock.com, and Best Buy. MasterD wants unspecified damages, as well as an injunction blocking Diplo and Banks from using his beat ever again.

Interestingly, the same day Diplo emailed Pitchfork with his “collaboration” excuse, he tweeted @DJMasterD1 in an obvious attempt to extend an olive branch. So much for that.

As for Diplo and Azealia Banks, they also have a spotted history.  Banks publicly turned on Diplo last year, accusing him of unfairly blocking the release of her “Harlem Shake” remix because Diplo wanted Juicy J to rap on it instead.

Banks called him a “snake,” and said, “”You owe M.I.A. everything you have.” (M.I.A. arguably put Diplo on the map with her song “Paper Planes,” which Diplo produced.)

Banks’ tweets have since been deleted, so maybe she and Diplo are cool again. Which is a lot more than we can say for Diplo and MasterD.