(CN) - A Florida concert promoter says the rap group Three 6 Mafia owes $50,000 for flaking on a concert in order to film a TV appearance on VH1 instead.
Memphis-based group Three 6 Mafia has influenced a generation of southern rap music, and in 2005 won an Oscar for their song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," featured in the movie "Hustle and Flow."
Micah Carver and Phamous Entertainment say they paid more than $11,000 to book Three 6 Mafia for a performance at an Orlando club in April 2011.
Instead, the rap group cancelled their agreement with "untimely, undue, unreasonable, unfair, and burdensome verbal notice," according to the complaint in Florida's Orange County Circuit Court.
"Defendants breached the valid contract when selecting to attend another activity and appear on VH1 subsequent to executing the agreement between plaintiffs and defendants and within approximately 10 days of the scheduled performance," the complaint says.
Carver and Phamous also say they spent money marketing the show and a securing an opening act. Three 6 Mafia allegedly refused to negotiate an alternative time for the performance.
The defendants are the group's management - Tear Da Club Up Tours, Carol and Patrick Houston, as well as Three 6 Mafia members Juicy J, DJ Paul and Lord Infamous. The plaintiffs are represented by Shannon Ligon of St. Petersburg, Fla.