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September 4, 2014
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Tommy Lee to fix dispute with producer

... aims to repair working relations with UIM records

CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer

Tommy Lee Sparta and his management team are working to repair their working relationship with production house UIM Records, after the deejay accused the record label of not releasing his songs, in a recently leaked telephone recording.

Tommy Lee Sparta says he was venting in the audio, and a member of UIM's production team, who was travelling with him secretly, recorded the conversation and released it on social media. According to the deejay in a recent interview, the action of the person was unnecessary since he did not wish for his views to be shared with the world.

"I was just venting around a member of UIM, letting him know that I need my songs to go out and he recorded me. I think that was wrong because we are one family and sometimes things are gonna go wrong, because everybody is not perfect. We were just arguing to fix something. That is how Jamaicans are. It was not a voice note or anything. I was saying they have a lot of songs in the studio and don't want to let them out. When I was in the accident, they didn't let out my songs and you know I have to keep my momentum. The first voice note (months ago when he was allegedly crying) was fake, but this one is real. "They shouldn't have recorded the conversation in the first place. That is a childish or girlish practice," Tommy Lee Sparta said in the interview with UK's Gibbo website.

The STAR spoke with Tommy Lee Sparta's agent, Keona Williams, and she said Heavy D, Tommy Lee Sparta, and UIM are mending the damaged relationship.

"We have come to a common ground and a mutual understanding, and we are moving forward because it's beneficial to both parties. We were having a private conversation that should never have been recorded. Tommy Lee has several hit records with UIM, because they have a good working chemistry. UIM has Tommy Lee songs as far back as two years ago that haven't been released and we were just concerned, and that is understandable given the competitiveness of dancehall music and the relevance we want to maintain," she said.

The STAR made attempts to get a comment from UIM on their relationship with the deejay. However, attempts proved futile. The label's Twitter page last retweeted a post containing information about Tommy Lee's music yesterday. Further inspection of the page, however, showed a disparity between Tommy Lee Sparta mentions and other artistes.

The deejay is looking to release an album in 2015, and recently won an award for his single Psycho at the recently concluded Hapilos awards. Psycho was also produced by UIM records.

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