• I Want To Sign Two Female Artists In 2020
• Yemi Alade Comes Under Fire For Her Decision
• Make Sure Not To Sign To A Wack Label – YG
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Yemi Alade is looking to sign her first set of artists in 2020. The Woman of steel made the announcement on social media to great appraisal from her colleagues and fans.
As expected, not everyone saw the good in the intents of Mama Africa’s decision.
A great number of Twitter NG users jumped on the news to confront her.
The most backlash coming from a great place of concern for the welfare of the young artists she intends to sign.
Yemi Alade mentioned in the tweet that she wants to sign two female artists between the ages of 18 to 20. Her reason being that developing the skill of artistry takes quite a while, so, she wants to sign younger artists for longevity.
To this, she was countered, considering she made her first smash single ‘Johnny’ at 26 years of age. Most people were of the opinion that she only wants to feed on the naivety and desperation of young artists.
Only a few days ago, Mase called Diddy out on Instagram for taking ownership of his publishing for only $20 thousand and ripping him off all the proceeds from his music since he was 19.
He revealed that he recently offered Diddy $2 million in cash to buy back his publishing rights but was turned down by Diddy who insisted he pays more or waits till he turns 50 when the publishing will be reverted to him. Kelis, the former wife of legendary rapper Nas also recently talked about her ordeal in the hands of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
In an interview with Guardian, she explains “Yeah, I signed what I was told, and I was too young and too stupid to double-check it.”She also said she was blatantly lied to and tricked by the duo and in the end, she made nothing from the sales of her first two albums under them.“I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do” Eventually, she split with them before her third studio album ‘Tasty’ in 2003.
Bringing the conversation home, we’ve also known of cases where labels strip artists off financially. Like in the glaring cases of 2Baba and Kennis music, Kizz Daniel and G-Worldwide and Ycee and Sony Music Entertainment Africa.
Or more recently, the controversial scenario where it’s the artist who outsmarts the label, as we have seen with Peruzzi.