After years of being affiliated with the famously, independent Miami label, Slip-N-Slide Records. One former executive is fighting for what he is owed from the company and branching out in search of his own music empire.
Aaron Lucas, of no relation to Slip-N-Slide owner, Ted Lucas, got his start in the music business around the age of 17. In his earlier days, the 31-year-old worked with Poe Boy Music Group, another independent label that originated in Miami. He also worked with WHQT Hot 105 and WEDR 99 Jamz where he was exposed to the inner workings of music from the radio aspect. These days Lucas is focusing on growing with his new venture, Rose Men Entertainment.
While his time at Slip-N-Slide has come to an end, Lucas admits that he learned a lot of tricks of the trade that will help him to be successful in future ventures.
“We were the number one independent [label] with a small and lazy staff,” Lucas said. “I was the one that was doing everything. Everyone knows me in this industry; in the urban music business … I gained the visibility so that was a blessing. I’ve gone to a lot of labels around the country and when Slip-N-Slide was at its height, it was run like a real label.”
According to Lucas, he was basically the backbone of a company that hasn’t lived up to its end of the bargain.
“I basically ran Slip-N-Slide Records for the past 9 ½ years,” said the former Slip-N-Slide exec. “I’m currently in a lawsuit against them. But basically … I ran Slip-N-Slide Records, anywhere from Trina’s project to Plies’ project to Sebastian Mikael.”
Lucas is not alone with his gripes about the record label and how it ran its business. Trick Daddy, one of the label’s flagship artists, sued the label to be released from his contract in 2008.
“It’s definitely about money like it is with everyone else,” Lucas said of his suit against his former label. “Ted [Lucas] is a greedy individual. Trick [Daddy] told me a story about how he really got out of his deal. He had to put his gun to the man’s chest. ”