I’ll keep it funky right here: I don’t know what the business situation between EnvyUs and Ricky Vaughn was. I remember the messy Sazon Booya break-up. It’s rough when such an impressive group breaks up in such a public, weird way. Ricky’s been doing his thing, netting releases on a number of different imprints (including on MING’s recently-released Blackout), but it looks like there’s been something brewing between Ricky and the EnvyUs Talent Agency, who apparently booked shows for him, and has also worked with the likes of Cy Kosis, DJ Rell, Choppa Dunks, SwaggleRock, and many others. They hit us with a statement they wanted to get out there regarding Ricky Vaughn; here it is, in full and unedited:
“Approximately two weeks ago we were advised that social media accounts associated with the artist known as Ricky Vaughn were a product of accounts that were earned by him in a previous duo known as Sazon Booya. We asked that he relinquish his control of those accounts and begin new ones even though our relationship was strictly for booking services. We offered free management services up until the point that the new accounts achieved the respective followers and ‘likes’ on the various social networks in exchange for relinquishing control of accounts that formerly belonged to Sazon Booya. After we were turned down, we were immediately confronted with accusations that we were negligent in the handling of Ricky Vaughn’s Mexico tour and that money that was not contractually owed by the promoters was to be paid by EnvyUs Talent Agency to Ricky Vaughn and we categorically denied that assertion. We ask that all concerned understand our need to assure our friends in the industry that we have never and will never be known for improperly handling finances. We believe that any attack or slander of our name that may come as a result of this article is a direct response to our offer for free management services in exchange for the relinquishment of social media accounts that did not belong to our company because they did not truly belong to our client.
Thank you to Do Androids Dance for giving us this opportunity to publicize our attempt to act ethically and in good faith. We will not be making any more statements or comments on this matter. Please direct inquiries regarding this matter to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you in a timely fashion.“