J.T. LeRoy, watch
out. There's a new phony in town.
Caushun was exposed as a fraud when his manager, Ivan
Matias, gave an interview to Allhiphop.com, admitting
he wrote and performed all of Caushun's rhymes.
Matias also acknowledged that Jason Herndon, who has
portrayed Caushun in public, was really a hairdresser with
no musical skills.
A few years
ago, Caushun was a moderately popular figure in the New
York hip-hop scene. Caushun was created when, as a
joke, Matias called a hip-hop station and
pretended to be a flamboyantly gay rapper. Matias, a
straight man, recorded demos and passed them to radio
stations as the work of Caushun. The lie snowballed, and
Matias enlisted Jason Herndon to portray the public
face of Caushun.
high-profile fans like clothing designer Kimora Lee
Simmons, wife of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons. Hernon
was Kimora Simmons's hairdresser, and he convinced her
he was also Caushun, the talented gay rapper. Caushun
was almost signed to Kimora's record label, but after
Herndon was arrested for identity theft, the lie started to
seem necessarily contrite in his interview. He told
Allhiphop.com, "It's business at the end of the day. In the
beginning, it was a sting, but I learned that's my job. My
job is to make things that people can buy and sell
again." (The Advocate)