P-Goon, the leader of the nine-member hip-hop group Topp Dogg, has called out Cho PD on social media. The artist took to his personal SNS account to demand an explanation from the record producer and tell him to come clean about payments for their performances.
Cho PD is the former CEO and producer of Hunus Entertainment, which was previously known as Stardom Entertainment or Brand New Stardom. Rapper Rhymer and Cho PD founded the company as a hip-hop label but Rhymer left in 2011, after which Cho PD took over as CEO. Last year, the label merged with Hunus Entertainment due to its financial instability, according to All Kpop.
"Hello. This is Topp Dogg's leader P-Goon," Soompi quoted the artist as saying in his post, which has since been deleted. "Our former CEO, Cho PD, previously signed a contract with Timo Japan for our Japanese Showcase Tour, where we had eight performances. But he has not filled out a statement of accounts for those performances, and the payment is about 300 million won (approximately $255,000). I want to know the truth about the neglected payments."
P-Goon added that after going through the boy group's statement of accounts of the last three years, he found that eight performances were not included in the statement even though the performances were wrapped up. The group's leader also pointed out that the producer is currently involved in a lawsuit with their agency Hunus Entertainment and has parted ways with the label.
Topp Dogg made its debut in 2013 as an idol created by Cho PD and originally had 13 members, but were later reduced to nine members. One of the other members of the group, Kidoh, was sentenced to jail last month after being caught smoking marijuana. He received a six-month jail sentence and probation for a year in addition to a fine of 50,000 won and 40 hours of rehabilitation.