Mi nuh get a dollar - Khago says he didn't earn enough from hit songs
After unleashing a verbal assault on producer Seanizzle over the lack of earnings for songs he voiced for him, entertainer Khago is encouraging up and coming entertainers to learn how to produce their own songs.
Pointing out that today’s technological advances have made a lot of things easier to accomplish, the entertainer is encouraging young artistes to become their own bosses in all aspects of their careers.
“A di younger youth dem me a bawl fah. A dem me a cry fah, and me wah dem know say me sacrifice my career so dem can learn certain things bout the industry. Me just wah the youth dem know say unuh nah fi voice fi no producer again enuh. Buy one computer and produce unuh music unuh self,” he said.
“And if somebody ago produce unuh song dem, unuh sign contract and make sure everything deh pan paper so dem know say when dem sell di songs to big companies like VP, unuh want unuh 50 per cent."
An irate Khago told THE WEEKEND STAR that he has been growing extremely frustrated with producers in Jamaica, stating that many of them profit from hit songs without compensating the artistes at the helm of those hits.
“Mi nuh get dollar from my songs dem, and me have some a di biggest songs inna dancehall up to dis day,” he said. “When Nah Sell Out blow up big, a Seanizzle see the bulk a di money from dat song. Me get credited as the writer and so me collect money from JACAP when it play pan di radio, but dem boy deh (referring to Seanizzle) sell me song to VP Records and to all kind a people. Yuh wouldn’t wah know the millions weh Seanizzle make off a Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem, and me never get dollar. A nuh Seanizzle alone, but a him produce some a me biggest songs.”
However, when THE WEEKEND STAR contacted Seanizzle for a comment, he declined to give one, stating that he didn’t have the time to feed into negative energy.
While Seanizzle is mum on the issue, Khago added that he always knew that he wasn’t earning what he deserved from his songs but said he decided to speak out now as the tunes are still generating income and he is still not profiting from it.
“My songs are still some of the biggest songs overseas. Yuh nuh go inna one party a America and a Khago nuh play. Me can tell yuh dat, a America me live,” he said.
“The songs dem sell to so many people and me nuh get none. The songs still a sell pan iTunes, and me fi get half a dat. Me nah get none. To all di people dem weh a talk bout contract and say me never sign none, a understand dem nuh understand the business. Once yuh voice a song fi a artiste and a him write him song, 50 per cent is yours and 50 per cent a fi him all over. Yuh nuh haffi sign no contract fi dat.”
AMOUNT OF BACKLASH
Lamenting that he is tired of the in-fighting within the local industry, the entertainer said he may very well be done with dancehall.
“Dancehall deh a Half-Way Tree, a world music me a do. People nuh know how big Khago is inna di world right now, so a deh so me thing deh,” he said.
The deejay added that although he received a huge amount of backlash for changing his image, he believes the Jamaican audience would have gotten over it had the industry been more forgiving.
“Is not the people a di problem, a di badmind inna di industry. Look how much people change dem image and di people still love dem,” he explained. “A when me change me image? Nuh just wah day? Look from when me nah get no airplay? So weh mi image have fi do wid anything? Kartel change him image one million time and people still support him. Me wah back me job.”