@theofficialvic Now That’s Some Bullshit: the Truth behind the fake V.I.C.; PROMOTERS BEWARE (updated 12/13, new videos & music)Posted by Fletcher Batts on Dec 11, 2011 in Bullshit, Post | 0 comments
Here we are again with another installment of “Now That’s Some Bullshit”. I really hate reporting on this type of stuff but when I do it is usually for someone else’s benefit, not mine.
Let me give you a little background first.
A few weeks ago, an associate of mine told me that V.I.C. was coming to Macon. I was immediately surprised since I didn’t know anything about it. Briefly towards the end of the “Say Bow” run I was on the road with V.I.C. traveling from different events. Some of these videos can be found on my personal YouTube Channel. I was the one holding the camera. I was invited by my best friend Victor Walker, who was acting as V.I.C.’s co-manager at the time. I was given the title of Road Manager. Those were fun times.
Since the reemergence of “Wobble”, the spotlight has not left V.I.C. It appears that the momentum will not slow on the song. After I witnessed the Beyonce Wobble video, I immediately reached back out to V.I.C. and congratulated him on the success of the song. It was at this time that I was reintroduced to his current manager Miguel.
Miguel was actually a promoter out of the Virginia area that I met while on the road with V.I.C., it was a failed event at a school auditorium but apparently the contact information was exchanged because the reconnect happened. My best friend was still booking V.I.C. periodically since his number is still on the majority of V.I.C.’s press material.
Interesting enough, he would also get horror stories about how his current management team would book shows and not show up, both in the United States and abroad.
While I was working with my former artist, he told me of an issue where V.I.C. was supposed to show up in Savannah and didn’t show. I did a little research, spoke with the promo team and I then reached out to both V.I.C. and Miguel to ask for an explanation. Not to be nosey but to check on the integrity of the brand. Miguel assured me that everything was ok and that it was the promoters fault, not their on why they did not show and that he was aware of the fake bookings that were going on and he was trying to put a stop to it.
Fast forward to this event…..
Before I reached out to Miguel, I reached out to the promoter in Macon. B-Moss. I asked him how he came about booking V.I.C. and to make sure that it was real based on the prior dealings that were happening. He said his partner in Augusta set up the show and he was sure it was real because he saw V.I.C. perform there in Augusta so that contact was real. I told him I would reach out to make sure that it was. Here is our Facebook conversation:
So now, I reach out to Miguel. Apparently, they were at a video shoot so the conversation was brief. He confirmed the date and time and I then set up some face time for Hip Hop Encounter. I scheduled a video interview with them to take place prior to the performance. After that conversation I assumed everything was OK…well here comes the fuckery.
Here is the flyer for the event and the promoters were going real hard to promote, especially since there were 20 other parties in the city going on but NONE for teens so they had optimal opportunity to win.
I began texting Miguel around 5:00 to confirm my interview. No response.
I texted B-Moss around 7:00 and got no initial response. By the time he noticed the text he hit me back and stated that V.I.C. was about to perform now. I could not leave the house because I had the kids while the wifey was out doing Black Friday stuff; but a red flag went up.
Miguel knew I wanted to do a video interview and he never replied to me. Also, V.I.C. knows me personally so I was a little upset that I was being ignored (my #1 petpeave). Being a little distraught I was up working off the frustration when I got a text from B-Moss stating that the performer was a fake. My immediate reply was: What the Fuck?
B-Moss called me and explained what the fake performer was in the back with the police and that he was attempting to get his money back. Since I was still watching the kids I could not leave the house so I asked for evidence (picture, video, anything). He said he had a picture and that he would send it to me.
I immediately called his former manager. It was around 1:00 a.m. and he would be getting ready to do radio at WRFG 89.3 fm. He is the host of the Ridin Durty Radio Show (shameless plug). I didn’t get an answer from him but I am laughing my ass off at the circumstances…that was until some random dude hit me on Facebook.
This nigga accused me of participating in the fuckery. To add to the BS, he also said he would be coming to see me about it unless his partner got his money back.
*****this is where I pause for a second, Lil Nigga. Most niggas don’t know who the fuck I am and but those that do know me know that I try to be 1000% honest when I speak. So take this for what it is; if you show up at my fuckin home about some BULLSHIT that I tried to honestly help prevent, we will BOTH have a life changing experience. It is one thing to threaten me because I really don’t mind it; in fact I’m used to it because I get lame rappers and weak producers mad at me daily. But for you to say you will ‘come to my house’ with my wife and kids moves you to the top of my ‘To-Do’ list. Come get done lil nigga; now back to the story******
I started looking at the other Facebook comments and patiently waited on the photo.
When I saw the promoter post the picture, I could not really make out who the person was but I could guarantee that it was NOT V.I.C.
Here is the actual photo:
Victor (former manager) called just before his radio show and I explained to him what happened. He asked me to send him the picture and I did. He hit me back and said that the person in the picture is Matt. I said, dude, that can’t be true. That doesn’t make any sense.
So at 4:14am I received my most damaging piece of evidence. If I am trying to do some fuckery, the last thing that I would do is do a video drop for the promoter but this dude messed up in a major way by doing so.
Here is the drop:
**Nigga cant even get the name right, it’s B-Moss, not D-Moss
and below that is a video of the actual impersonator, you will notice him to the right of the REAL V.I.C. wearing a white t-shirt
(**note, these videos are self hosted, removing them from YouTube will not delete them from here)
Now I am seriously pissed because Victor was right. Not only was the whole scenario full of bullshit but I confirmed this shit for the promoter which makes me an accessory. So now it honestly does look like I took part in the fuckery. It makes the promoter look bad because he presented a bogus act and in the court of public opinion, once you start doing fuckery, you will always be associated with it.
But to make this all a whole bucket of BULLSHIT. Matt is the person in the video. Matt is the person in the picture by the police. Matt is the person that was impersonating the real V.I.C. Matt is also known as Hollywood. Matt is V.I.C.’s official hypeman and is one of the top 10 And1 Ball Players and more shockingly….Ladies and gentlemen, MATT IS ACTUALLY V.I.C.’s LITTLE BROTHER.
***Shocker! By having the manager and the little brother there implies that the real V.I.C. took part in the whole fuckery. Now a promoter is out of his money and a good reputation. I have teens threatening my life and these niggas are out playing games.
It is hard enough in this industry to get ahead and be honest but when artist and managers start participating in the bullshit, which is a whole new level of Fuckery.
I am embarrassed that I even know this nigga now. I am beyond ashamed that I confirmed this date and event for the promoter. I am awestruck that someone would have the audacity to pull something like this off in a digital age.
To V.I.C., every time that I called you it was because I honestly care about you and your career. I want you to win. I want you to be the international superstar that you strive to be. But not like this….
To B-Moss, I apologize to you personally over the phone and I am doing it now in conjunction with the thousands of people that are reading this, I truly am sorry that this happened to you. I had NOTHING to do with it and if you need my help moving forward, you have my full cooperation.
To Miguel, so you lied to me again? This is me pissed Miguel. This blog receives a minimum of 100,000 hits for every blog post. But to disrespect someone that is a Social Media consultant is beyond stupid.
Since last night, I have continuously attempted to reach out to both V.I.C. and Miguel to allow them to explain themselves and I am completely getting ignored
I have your contacts: 4344260317 (official number used online here, 4045631982, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/TheOfficialVic Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theofficialvic
In 7 days, this will reach 1 Million people. In 10 days 10 Million people. And by the end of December the majority of the Hip Hop world will know that you guys are pulling scams off. Not a good look. Especially for an artist that is desperately trying to get back in the spotlight.
*Good luck with that
***Friday update 11/25 3:24: Apparently the real V.I.C. didn’t show up anywhere. Some new information has been presented that the artist was double booked for Macon Georgia and Evansville Indiana for the same date and didn’t show for either.
Is this where your career ended Victor? Booking fake shows, double booking dates and sending imposters to take your place?
I am truly sorry for you and completely embarrassed that I know you. When you want to know how you can FIX this, give me a call. Until then, forget you know me.
Saturday 11/26 3:16 a.m.: Miguel’s real name is Miguel Valdettaro from Lynchburg Virginia. He is an aspiring model/actor, here is his profile: http://www.hollywoodauditions.com/cast05/valdettaro_miguel.htm if you see this dude, turn and run, a scam is sure to follow. Read about his previous exploits with a failed Chris Brown concert: http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/062010/06032010/549605
Saturday Update: Special Thanks to 1babyk1 for the video footage of the actual performance and the aftermath that happened afterwards involving the promoters.
Video courtesy of B-Moss Facebook Page
It is always good to have proof, written contracts, receipts, audio and video. Don’t you just love technology. I am encouraging all that watch and read this post to share it with everyone that you know. Artist should not be allowed to do this.
Video courtesy of Keith Loving Facebook Page
11/30: 5:12 pm….just got off the phone with a young lady in Illinois. V.I.C. was also booked in Markham Illinios as a part of the Legendary Saturday’s series with The Zone Nightclub and guess what, he actually showed up. So he received 3 deposits for one actual performance. SMH.
I am helping B-Moss and his party build their legal case against the artist so if anyone else has any evidence of any no-shows, fake performances and other mishaps please contact me directly 478-319-0273 or email any evidence to email@example.com
12/11: interesting enough, I have been searching for resent V.I.C. sightings and I have actually tried to prevent this from happening to anyone else. I focused primarily on the shows that people put on Facebook and Twitter and send the organizers a link to be careful because the bullshit is out there. I came across 2 shows. One show was scheduled to happen on Saturday 12/10. I am not sure if it did or not, I am sure that the dude in this drop is NOT V.I.C., again, that is the little brother doing the audio…this doesnt look good.
Take a listen and judge for yourself:
the positive about the above show is, Lil Scrappy was on the ticket and he puts on a good show.
In the process of sending out this information to other promoters, quite a few people have reached out to me explaining how this has been going on with him for quite some time. Missed shows on holidays, special events and more all AFTER paying a deposit. This stuff goes back as far as February of 2011. The pattern of behavior has clearly been set. If a promoter reads this and still expects the best, you deserve whatever you get; in addition to that, this allows the other promoters that he has screwed over to know his movements and post exactly where he will be. Some of these guys were pretty upset and stated retaliation would be coming but on the flipside, maybe this post will make the REAL V.I.C. begin conducting good business and actually show up at his shows that people are paying for.
Sunday, 12/11/2011 update. Apparently, this dude is asking his fans to text my phone. Some of them are expecting to get the ringtone of Wobble. So far, of the 11,000+ fans that he has, only 30 people have texted my number. As much as I appreciate the press, I did not originally have the Wobble Ringtone but after pondering on how I can capitalize on the ignorance of an adolescent, I found it. I thought for a second to make it for these people so I can take money from this crook but I didn’t have to. He doesn’t deserve to put money into his pockets based on shady business so I obtained the ringtone and I now give it out for
. In addition to that, I will not let press go to waste so I am adding all of the numbers that are texting me to my emailing/text blast list so for the temporary annoyance of the text messages, I am now grateful for.
For those fans that were duped into thinking you were getting a free ringtone by texting me at (478) 319-0273, I will not let you go away empty handed, download it below
or click the link to get the ringtone sent to your phone.
Also, you can watch the original video below
AND you can download the Wobble Single Here for
What sucks is everyone that text me gets the following message:
If Uwere told 2 text this number U hae been scammed! Actually Ur N the middle of internet beef. Please read why V.I.C. did this to U here: www.hiphopencounter.com/?p=14919 (this post). Be sure to thank V.I.C. for adding U 2 our harassing text message list. How can an artist do this to his fans? SMH. Now go retweet that.
How stupid must you be to add my number to a video that has been viewed over 7 Million times. I dont need the exposure and he sure doesnt want more people to see his shady business to why direct potential readers to me? Dude, go back to gospel rapping. Your career is done. I have over 1000 text messages as of today. All of them were forwarded to this post. Some of them even cried on the phone when I told them what was going on. (I hate crushing kid’s dreams.) The post has gone viral now. I’m going to continue to blast it, tweet it and even do a few press releases about it as long as these people keep texting my phone. Enjoy your time in the spotlight the light is getting dimmer by the day.
After a full day of retexting these kids and women, I have come to the conclusion that the devil won round 1. I am no longer going to entertain this stuff. Not much that I can do now that this story has gone viral. I will just let it do what it do. It is getting taxing to put this much energy in justice. A friend told me today that “He’s lost. His soul is gone” and that didnt shock me, it actually made me sad. I was one of the people that fought for this kid. After the conflicts I still believed and went out of my way to try and do what I could. But no more. No more energy will be spent on this issue. The devil sees a blessing coming and he throws whatever deterrent in your path so you don’t receive it. Too much energy has gone into this as is so now it’s time to redirect. Back to focus and back to God. Devil, you can have him. You guys may have won round 1 but you will NOT get my soul. Justice will prevail.