Esham Box set controversy

July 31, 2006 at 11:19 am (Esham, Hip Hop, Midwest rap, Music)

For those of you who don’t read the message boards, there’s some shady shit going on concerning Esham’s box set. The sets, which were supposed to be sent out this past June (6/6/06), still have not arrived. For those of you who don’t know about them, the box set is a set containing Judgement Day Volumes 1 and 2 as well as the unreleased 3 and 4. In addition, the set will supposedly contain a new DVD as well as an all new LP from Esham, Martyr City.  The box set was originally supposed to be a $100 donation via paypal, but then there was an apparent $10 shipping charge.   People expressing thier concern about them or asking for refunds have not been answered. To add further fuel to the fire, this popped up on a Destron HQ post a few weeks ago, from the artist who worked on the new album. This had originally showed up at but the mods there kept deleting it:

Just wanted to introduce myself to all those fans out there who are wondering where the box set is. I’m Sean, I did all the artwork for the upcoming boxset including that “Devil Baby” for the Martyr Sity disc. Thing is, I’m just as pissed about this box set shit as you are, not only because it’s been delayed, but because that buster TJ hasn’t paid me yet for my services. That’s right, I worked on the artwork for a shitload of hours, yet have heard nothing from TJ or Esham about settling up their debts since they wrote me some fucked up email saying payment was one the way two weeks ago. I can’t believe you, as fans, are actually sitting back and listening to this bullshit about the box set not shipping–sounds like something out of a major label record shop and not someone who thinks he’s “underground” and keeping on the level of those of us who are appreciative of his craft and are working for ourselves on our own art and music. So for all of you out there, here’s the links to the artwork for the box set early, since these fuckers are obviously not going to pay me for my services–just look at what I’ve cooked up per Esham’s specs–artwork that’ll be used in a boxset that is late as fuck and is backed by nothing but bullshit excuses for late shipping. Have fun with your fake ass “martyr”.

More drama about the situation can be found here.

I must say, I’ve known TJ (Acid Tongue) ever since the Overcore days and he’s always been cool towards me. However, this is no way for Esham to treat his fanbase who has stuck with him over the years. I sincerley hope this gets straightened out A.S.A.P. However, with all the drama between the new and the old (that’s a whole nother story), I sincerley doubt it.

On a side note, where the hell is that TNT suicide bomber?



  1. big mike said,

    What up that art work is hot i dont know whats going on with Esham but in Flint michigan we love acid rap and we waitin on the box set and love that track wit big Proof BO$$ and CHEEDAR BOYZ thats what we want !!!!

    but handle that wit yo money$$$$ your woth every dollar player


  2. Dub said,

    what, now TNT is missin? I heard him on the butcher shop. As for the box set, I wanted it but was always too broke to purchase it, good thing too seeing as it ain’t even been shipped. Esham’s wrong for that one.

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  4. Karma is a Bitch! said,

    This is how Esham rolls, he told me himself and screwed me as well.
    He takes other peoples art, video clips, photography etc. and calls it his own. He said it was “like a DJ mixing music”
    Esham Smith is a Liar, Cheat and can’t be trusted in the business. It is why he will never be successful. Artists should never steal from artists.
    Tell Esham how you feel at Nine Eight Nine, Three One Six, Five Eight Eight Four!!!

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  6. STRIKNYNE said,

    Sheeeeit, I got my set when I ordered it.In fact, I just put up for sale on ebay. I ripped the music once off the cds n never used it again

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