Thursday, July 7, 2016

Olamide & Da'Emperor Caught Between 'Who U Epp' Saga

You all remember that Olamides's song, 'Who U Epp' recently went viral, and the indigenous rapper asked artists from all walks of life to jump on it and make their own versions. And he promised that, the artist with the best version/winner would be featured on the final release. 

Trouble however started when Da’Emperor’s version of song went viral and he was asked to delete it and take it off globsl distribution.
According to Pulse Ng, the said version reportedly topped all Olamide’s ever released songs at the number 4 spot for weeks on Spotify.

Last week, it was noticed that the said version had been deleted off all global distribution sites such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Co where the song was doing very well.

When asked why, Da Emperor responded, “I’ve been quiet over this whole issue with maturity “
Well I got a mail from my distribution company based in the UK that Olamide’s team picked up on my version legally for copyright infringement.
I put a call through to his distribution team on the said issue, I was asked to demonetize it and by so doing, it would be deleted off all these stores globally since they mostly don’t have a free download / free listen option.

I then put a call through to Alex, Olamide’s manager over the issue, he avoided a meeting with me and sent a text that I should pull the song off the global distribution platforms i.e. delete my version.

Now if you could recollect, the song came up with the promise that the best version will be picked for the official / final release and a video will be shot for it but instead, Wande coal and Phyno were featured on the final version.

I don’t think doing whatever I like to promote or distribute my version should be an issue since Olamide and his producer and label were given credit on my version and he didn’t fulfil his part of the promise also, considering the fact that my intellectual property was a part of the song now and I also booked a studio session to record my version which cost me money and time, I could not just record a song and keep it under the bed! But to avoid issues, I mailed my company to delete the song off all the global platforms which they charged me a hundred pounds for this £100.

I have no issues with no one, because right now at this stage of my career I’m too busy making moves than making enemies.

I then sent a message to Olamide’s Manger Alex informing him of my action. Thank you.

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