Apr 13, 2012
Here’s what we came across via Punch. Read and share your thoughts.
Warring founders of Moâ€™Hits, Don Jazzy and Dâ€™banj, are throwing barbs at each other as they move to divest their investments and interests in the label, a confidential email correspondence between them has revealed.
If you are one of those who still think that the fallout of Moâ€™Hits founders, Dâ€™banj and Don Jazzy, is a rumour which will dissipate in no time, you probably still live in the past. In fact, in order to make the future safe from the past, the duo is already formalising plans to share their assets especially on the ownership of the mouth-watering Moâ€™Hits catalogue comprising all Dâ€™banjâ€™s albums (No Long Thing,Â Rundown Funk U UpÂ andÂ The Entertainer), Wande Coalâ€™sÂ Mushin to Moâ€™Hitsand The Moâ€™Hits Crew All Starsâ€™ album,Â Curriculum VitaeÂ among others. Thus, as you read, Moâ€™Hits is only waiting for legal certification before it is pronounced dead. And the pallbearers are already waiting in the flanks to ferry the remains of the beloved label to its final resting place, bringing to a painful end the reign and run of the successful label.
In the meantime, the Moâ€™Hits crew has been divided, as the two figures in the unfolding drama are moving out with their different disciples: Dâ€™banjâ€™s younger brother, K-Switch, understandably, goes with him while Wande Coal, Dr Sid and Dâ€™Prince have settled for Don Jazzy. The future of the labelâ€™s artiste manager, Sunday Are, is unknown. Long before the separation became public knowledge, Dâ€™banj and Don Jazzy were no longer on speaking terms, an authoritative source tellsÂ E-Punch.
Neither do they see eye to eye. In fact, at their last concert in New York in February, they only met on stage because each artiste had his own cubicle. Rather, they communicate via email only when necessary. In a confidential email correspondence between the former collaborators, exclusively obtained byÂ E-Punch, the sordid details that might have led to their break up are veiled, but the bitterness-laced correspondences are open about their claims for the assets of Moâ€™Hits especially the catalogues of all the artistes.
Dâ€™banj must pay all the debts of Moâ€™Hits â€“ Don Jazzy
In regards to Dâ€™banjâ€™s claim for 100 percent ownership of all songs recorded under the Moâ€™Hits imprint, the acclaimed producer in an email on March 17th, states, â€œThat Moâ€™Hits Records does not already own 100 per cent of the songs. Note that Moâ€™Hits Records only owns 60 per cent of the songs and 40 per cent belongs to the individual artiste. So, 40 per cent of the songs is not mine to give.â€ He continues, â€œThat me (I am) giving him (Dâ€™banj) my share of the catalogue does not and will never include him having the right to stop them (the artistes)Â from performing the songs or give him the right to claim any monies for live performances of these songs. And any loans or debt owed by Moâ€™Hits records as at today will be cleared by Mr Dâ€™banj as I am clearly not aware of any.â€
Don Jazzy states further that the catalogues he is releasing to his former partner only consists of songs already released in an album exempting new singles and unreleased materials. â€œSo, songs like Wande Coalâ€™sGo LowÂ andÂ Been Long You Saw MeÂ are not part of this catalogue he is receiving. Also, an artiste like Dâ€™Prince, not only has he not released any album, he has not signed any contract whatsoever with Moâ€™Hits Records. That he has no right to claim any monies for deals that have been brokered already as at today with the catalogues or stop their usage. It is important to note that any unreleased songs done by any artiste (including Dâ€™banj and K-Switch) MUST NOT be released and is not part of the catalogue I am giving away.â€
He adds, â€œWith these few points, I do hope that you all realise that I have been generous enough to facilitate the End of the â€œDâ€™banj & Don Jazzyâ€ era as a team. After this new deal has been signed and sealed, I do NOT look forward to seeing an email whatsoever or hearing from the DKM (Dâ€™banj, K-Switch, Moâ€™Hits) crew, and all is well again.â€
Will you return the Bentley I bought for you? â€“ Dâ€™banj
Same day, Dâ€™banj responded to the email, stating, â€œIn case he (Don Jazzy) forgot, this is the arrangement! 50/50â€”â€“song writer/ production, which means for a song X for artiste Y, 75 per cent as per production is fully owned by Moâ€™Hits and writing is shared 25/25 with the individual artiste co- writing. So, thatâ€™s the deal! So him (sic) saying 40 per cent is not his to give away is more like 75per me and 25per each artiste.â€
He then asks, â€œWhat do you mean by any bills or loans would be cleared by Mr. Dâ€™banj? That will never happen because when I ran the company, I ran it perfectly and well. So, if I give him my shares he is left with 100 per cent liability. My catalogue is everything that has been done with the Moâ€™Hits system and under the normal agreement we have, that means everything I have recorded or that has been recorded whether new or old, or even classic, whether beat with concept or even idea without beats, anything we did as a team and sponsored by me throughout, then, it is mine. Including K-switch clause and all mine and even Wandeâ€™s singles and all till the date of signing even today.â€
Continuing, Dâ€™banj writes, â€œAnd now, (I) wanna clear the air on this Samsung deal! I would expect by now that you understand that me keeping quiet is being GENEROUS because this is a deal structured under Moâ€™Hits Records, (and it is) the first deal and income you would ever bring into the company inÂ eight years. We shared the first 150k (One hundred and fifty thousand dollars) the right way, 1/3 down and that was cool. But after you collected another 130k and did not say anything (that) is and could be described as theft! I only refused to contact them (Samsung) directly because of your reputation. But please donâ€™t call me a fool and letâ€™s know who is generous!â€ Dâ€™banj was not coy about his anger. He states that after sharing over N1bn with Don Jazzy in their Moâ€™Hits days, he was shocked that the producer would now sideline him when he got the balance from Samsung.â€™â€™
Dâ€™banj writes further, â€œPlease, please, will he (Don Jazzy) return the Bentley because I bought it for him and it was N5.2m more than mine? And Prince that he claims has no signed contract but is actively involved and signed via engagementâ€“ I win his catalogue too â€“ all recorded whether released now or not! This is because no one questioned me when I bought Dâ€™Prince N11m naira car (LR3/Range) without releasing any album just to boost the image of the boy and it worked for him! So, letâ€™s get the facts straight, I AM BEING MORE THAN GENEROUS.â€
Good music deal and other issues
After Don Jazzy inferred on twitter that the end might have come for Moâ€™Hits,Â E-PunchÂ reliably gathers that Dâ€™banj was prevailed upon by close friends and associates not to talk despite being aggrieved that his lifelong friend had painted him black before the public. But the hyperactive entertainer, the source says, may have reached his tetherâ€™s end and any moment from now would reveal to the world all that went wrong between him and Don Jazzy. Part of what he will talk about,Â E-PunchÂ learns, will dwell on the genesis of their separation and the point at which Don Jazzy advised that they did away with Moâ€™Hits and concentrate on their GOOD Music deal. â€œIt was Dâ€™banj who prevailed on him that even if they were going to concentrate on their deal with Kanye, they didnâ€™t need to do away with Moâ€™Hits,â€ says the source. When the deal with GOOD Music sailed through, Don Jazzy was signed on as a producer while Dâ€™banj was the artiste. By virtue of how the American music system works, producers are only meant to be heard not seen. So, the source says further, â€œKanye and Dâ€™banj and the other guys were always going out leaving behind the producers, including Don Jazzy, which didnâ€™t go down well with him. After some time, Dâ€™banj noticed this and to placate him, he bought both of them a Bentley each. Further, he also bought a house in Atlanta, equipped with high tech studio equipment so that Don Jazzy could be working mostly from their new home but he was not appeased as he felt that he was being outshined by Dâ€™banj.â€
On the other hand, Don Jazzy allegedly told his close associates that the reason he decided to part ways with Dâ€™banj was because of an alleged arrogance which was impacting negatively on the other artistes. Long before Moâ€™Hits evolved, they were friends before becoming partners, putting up with each otherâ€™s shortcomings but fame and money have combined to becloud their tolerance of each other.
source : punchng.com