Jack “The Rapper” Gibson’s Family Retains Attorney for Unauthorized “New Jack the Rapper”

by Mr. Kev - Posted Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. Category: URBAN

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We were wondering when Jack’s family would step in to address this situation. We have gotten NUMEROUS complaints about The New Jack the Rapper conference using Jack’s name.   Attorney statement below…

JACK THE RAPPER is an iconic name, coined, developed and made famous by legendary radio and media pioneer Jack “The Rapper” Gibson.   Jack began his radio career in the late 1940s at Atlanta’s WERD, the first Black owned and operated radio station in America.   Jack also served as the first National Director of Promotions and Public Relations for Motown Records.

Jack The Rapper is considered to be the father of Black Radio and pioneered the style of hip on air announcing that many hosts like Daddy O, Jocko Henderson and Frankie Crocker help to popularize.

In 1977 Jack launched the first Jack The Rapper Family Affair convention for the radio and music industries.   Over the following decades the convention was held in Atlanta and Florida.   The convention was widely supported by the Black music industry and the Black radio community and became one of the key annual gathering spots for networking, new artist showcases, informative seminars and good ole’ fashioned partying.   Jack passed away January 2000 after a battle with cancer.

In early December, several Atlanta based music industry entrepreneurs decided to organize a new music industry conference and chose to adopt the name The New Jack The Rapper Convention, contrived by Steve “Face” Riley and Billy D. Foster without the permission of Jack’s heirs and without any consideration or deferance for the legacy which Jack The Rapper and his family built.   Instead, they have chosen to pirate Jack’s iconic moniker and promote their event as an incarnation of the infamous Jack The Rapper Family Affair.   It’s a sad statement of complete disrespect and indifference to the rights and decades of work by Jack and his family.   There are now more The New Jack The Rapper conferences scheduled for Houston and New York City, all without the consent or support of Jack’s family.

Jack and his beloved late wife Sadye are survived by his daughter Jill, son, Jackie, wife   Elsie and grandchildren, Louis and Laryn and they have hired Atlanta based renowned entertainment attorney, Kendall A. Minter, Esq., to protect their legal rights and preserve the integrity of the legacy built by Jack.   The family has been developing their own plans to hold a Tribute to Jack The Rapper Conference later this year in Atlanta.   Stay tuned for the original.

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6 comments

  1. jay

    Why didn’t the family keep doing the event? Because they can’t, the biz has changed. What Jack the Rapper used to be, wouldn’t make it these days due to lack of record company support.

  2. John Hobby

    Please understand that the family abandon the name over 13 years ago and did not protect it or support it. they went on with there lives. Now that some new blood did their research and trade mark the name, they are mad and disgruntle. You have to stay relevant in the game. Like the guy above said itt would not last if it was run like it did in the past. While all these email are going out and press releases are going out their attorney is ask for revenue from the event which the new owner are providing. We find that the whole things is about money and not about keeping his legacy. Please understand this is not the old jack the rapper but the new jack the rapper with a new audience and new group players.

  3. I’m an ole school college radio vet, I was in the Wu in ’97, I streaked the BCS 2010 game and put a souvenir album out on itunes protesting corporate control of college football. I also did a lot of work with the Insomniac. Ok, so I remember Jack the Rapper when it was in it’s hay day (i was there in ’93 when it came to Orlando), and to be honest with yall, it was just a bunch of niggas trying to get easy pussy, and nobody was really doing any serious networking. I was just trying to stay away from any fights that would break out. And pretty much the cost of the convention lived up to the name “Jack”. All the rappers would leave that place broke as hell, with really no chance in hell of scoring a record deal, hence jack them rappers, jack ‘em all out they money. But I’m not dissing because that’s the real game. All these cats out here today are so internet minded, they wouldn’t drop a dime to promote their own shit. I would love to see a resurgence of JTR, if anything it might put a value back on physical product. And as for the fam complaining about somebody taking the name, wtf? They just mad because they didn’t know how to keep making money off the mf’er. So bigups to the cats that are trying to relaunch it. Them cats might actually get paid for real, because now a days all these ‘new’ cybernetic rappers need some tough love. They need to get jacked.

  4. Renny Roker

    I knew Jack and his family when Jack was in Columbus then Cleveland then back to Columbus Jack was amongst a group of Black Disc Jockeys supported playing “Ramblin Rose” (whom I worked for as promoion manager) Nat’s last hit record before his death. Jacks family “Back In the Day” were good friends. Jack Gibson created his annual events and conventions that encouraged persons of COLOR to be proud. Jack was heavily involved wih guys like Dave Dixon in St Louis with the organizing of NATRA a Black radio and TV group of Sales, Promotion, and Broadcasters in the U.S. Jack agressively promoted the Pride of BLACK AMERICA in the Entertainment Business
    Renny Roker

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