Update [1/26/13 @ 1:45 PM CST]: KMK members Daddy X, The Dirtball and D-Loc, as well as the official Kottonmouth Kings FB targets of Taxman’s rant (see below), have responded to it. They claim that Taxman is in cahoots with Sub Noize founder Kevin Zinger, who has apparently been having spats with co-founder Daddy X recently. Check that out here:
Shit is getting crazy here. I don’t know that we’ll post every response, but we’ll definitely keep you in the loop.
Update [1/26/13 @ 2:15 am CST]: The Kottonmouth Kings have responded to Taxman‘s rant via @Kottonmouth on Twitter. This looks like it could get really ugly. Here’s what they posted:
Let it be known that everybody in the entire Sub Noize crew, be that artists, merch guys, tour managers, and everyone else has always been super cool to us. I have no idea who is “right” about their stance, but think it’s big enough a story to report on. We’ll keep you posted.
Original Update [1/26/13 @ 12:20 am CST]: So…holy shit. It looks like the future of the Kottonmouth Kings is being put in jeopardy. First, we’ve got Big Ian’s post about Daddy X being booted from his own label: Suburban Noize Records. Now, a long-time staple of the entire KMK organization has spoken out about some behind-the-scenes drama with the kings. The Taxman, who has been a part of the KMK crew since day one said he’s disgusted with what the group has turned into. He bashed EVERYBODY in the group except Lou Dog and Johnny Richter. Everyone else, including the newest member Dirtball, was spoken of negatively. Here’s exactly what was said:
I decided to quit Kottonmouth Kings. I was sick and tired of all the shit talking and back stabbing that goes on in the group. Lou and richter are still the same guys as they always were and I have nothing but love for them. The other guys in KMK treat lou and richter like shit and are always threatening to kick them out of the group. Bobby, DLOC, Dirtball and Brad turned into backstabbing assholes who treat everyone including our fans like shit. I have never seen people change and turn their backs on everything they have preached and stood for. They don’t have anyone’s back except their own. They are always treating each other and everyone like shit and I’m just over it. They preach family and unity and then treat me like shit and disrespect fans. The truth is they are all about the money and don’t give a fuck about anything else. They turned their back on Pakelika and fucked him over. They have turned their back on all the people that have helped them over the years. From SRH and Sub Noize employees to other bands on the label. These guys have treated them like shit. And they turned their back on me. I put my heart and soul into building KMK. I worked as a crew member, built their sets, designed their clothes and helped with their merch and was happy to do it and still preform every night. I never got paid anything extra for any of it and got paid as a crew member. I didn’t give a fuck about the money and did it all for the movement and the fans but they treated me like shit and were thankless dicks. I still believe in the movement, it’s just not the same KMK that it was. The fans have been saying for years to get back to the roots, I wish that could have happened. I still believe in what KMK stood for at one time, but I’m not going to continue on with people who say one thing and do another.
SRH FOR LIFE
THE ORIGINAL SUB NOIZE RAT
TAXMAN THE ANTIHERO
Just in case any of you doubt the legitimacy of that post, here’s a screen shot from Taxman’s Facebook:
Needless to say, this leaves a LOT up in the air about the future of the Kings, their relationship with Suburban Noize, and the members who have not yet said spoken of the situation. We’ll bring you more as soon as we hear it.