In the latest episode of the Terms And Conditions podcast, Nigerian singer Okafor Uchenna Victor, popularly known as Mr Real, has called out his colleagues D’banj and Mr Eazi over alleged debt.
According to Mr Real, the duo has not settled him for working with them on their respective songs ‘Issa Banger’ and ‘Overload.’ He further stated that they no longer pick up his calls nor reply to his messages.
“I have a song with D’banj. I was the one that brought my producer, Cracker and Slimcase, on board, and we made that song [‘Issa Banger’]. The song blew. And we shot the video with love and all. I’m not saying I’m being ungrateful for what you’ve done. But give me what is rightly mine. It’s my right.”
Mr Real also lamented that he hasn’t received any royalty from the song, which is being used in movies, including American movies.
“When we recorded ‘Overload,’ there was no contract. There is no split sheet. He [Mr Eazi] didn’t give me anything. Till today, there is nothing.”
Mr Real further accused his colleagues of knowing what they are doing. He claimed that the same Mr Eazi called him for another feature with Legendury Beatz, and he didn’t hesitate to send his vocals to him. However, he hasn’t received anything in return.
“There is this saying that when you do a favor, you don’t expect them to do something in return. Omo, me I dey expect o. When I do you a favor, I expect you to render the same to me.”
Mr Real also stated that he and his colleagues need to make money to live the Island life. He called on D’banj and Mr Eazi to help them, saying, “I’m not calling you out for anything, but you should know you’re supposed to do this. I know if I message you, you won’t answer me. If I call D’banj, he no dey pick my call. Mr Eazi no dey pick my call.”
The music industry in Nigeria has been plagued with several allegations of unpaid royalties and debts. Many artists have come out to call out their colleagues and record labels for not paying them what they are owed.
The issue of unpaid royalties has become a significant concern for artists, especially with the rise of digital music platforms. Many artists have complained that they are not receiving their fair share of revenue from streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
In response to these allegations, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has vowed to crack down on copyright infringement and ensure that artists receive their rightful royalties.
The NCC has also called on artists to register their works with the commission to protect their intellectual property rights and ensure that they receive their fair share of revenue.
As the music industry in Nigeria continues to grow, it is essential that artists receive their rightful royalties and are paid for their work. It is also crucial that record labels and colleagues honor their contracts and agreements to avoid disputes and legal battles.
In conclusion, Mr Real’s call-out of D’banj and Mr Eazi over alleged debt is just one of many such cases in the Nigerian music industry. It is essential that artists receive their rightful royalties and are paid for their work to ensure the growth and sustainability of the industry.