Not all business partnerships end well, as these artists can tell you. We look at those who’ve parted ways with their record labels.
Rappers Fifi Cooper, A-Reece and duo Benchmarq & Ambitiouz Records
Over the weekend a nasty social media spat between Ambitiouz Records and duo Benchmarq ensued after all three artists announcement that they left the label as a result of financial matters. Judging from the tweets it wasn’t a cordial farewell from all parties.
Here are some of their tweets:
Lira & 999 Lira broke into the industry in 2003 and was signed under Arthur Mofokate’s record label, 999, who released her first album, All My Love. In her autobiography, Making Herstory, the musician reflected on her tumulus time at the stable. “I wrote a song called You Can’t Love Me and had Queen (Sesoko) listen to it – and she loved it. While I was at home over the weekend, she recorded the song, describing it as her own. This broke my heart. She named it You Can’t. The song was included as part of her album and I was hurt by the fact that no one bothered to ask me if this was okay. This was the first bitter pill I swallowed, and it made me realise that I had to look out for myself.”
Ntando & TS Records The Afro-pop crooner broke into the music industry through record label, TS Records, but he cited dissatisfaction with their contracts and financial issues. Seen recently with Nathi and Vusi Nova; could he be joining Ghetto Ruff?
Zola 7 & Ghetto Ruff Of his departure from the stable, Zola then said: “Other people had control over my business and they never kept me informed. After my fall out with Lance (owner of Ghetto Ruff) I discovered a lot of things I wasn’t supposed to know. I want my millions back and everything that belongs to my name.”
Ifani & Sony Record Label
The rapper took to Twitter to voice out his frustrations with his record label saying:
“Leavin my record label is the ONLY solution. But since they know that will make me happy, they’ll fight it.
It’s as if they hate my smile!
When yo record label breaks your spirit! When they shut u down so many times that you lose the will to fight!
Why did I sign?
I NEED to leave my record label ASAP b4 my creativity dies…”