Empire War; Leaked Emails Between Don Jazzy & D’banj
Some certain conversation via email between Don Jazzy and D’banj has been leaked. I know the rift between them is because D’banj wants his share of the company, Mo’hits — Don Jazzy wants to give out the catalogue to five (5) charity organisations. I also told you both parties are now being represented by their lawyers O.O & co(former firm name) and Mr Ellias, respectively.
[Mo'Hits stands for Michael-Oyebanjo Hits]
Mo’Hits catalogue starts from D’banj’s first album, No Long Thing, Rundown Funk U Up, The Mo’Hits Crew All Stars’ album (Curriculum Vitae), The Entertainer, Wande Coal’s Mushin to Mo’Hits, Dr Sid’s Album and other features or collaboration from other entertainments.
Please, take a deep breath, relax your mind, as you start reading the e-mail so as to make a clear understanding of what’s going on;
On March 17th: Don Jazzy’s email
“That Mo’Hits Records does not already own 100 percent of the songs. Note that Mo’Hits Records only owns 60 percent of the songs and 40 percent belongs to the individual artiste. So, 40 percent of the songs is not mine to give.”
That me (I am) giving him (D’banj) my share of the catalogue does not and will never include him having the right to stop them (the artistes) from performing the songs or give him the right to claim any monies for live performances of these songs. And any loans or debt owed by Mo’Hits records as at today will be cleared by Mr D’banj as I am clearly not aware of any.
“So, songs like Wande Coal’s Go Low and Been Long You Saw Me are not part of this catalogue he is receiving. Also, an artiste like D’Prince, not only has he not released any album, he has not signed any contract whatsoever with Mo’Hits Records.
That he has no right to claim any monies for deals that have been brokered already as at today with the catalogues or stop their usage. It is important to note that any unreleased songs done by any artiste (including D’banj and K-Switch) MUST NOT be released and is not part of the catalogue I am giving away.
With these few points, I do hope that you all realise that I have been generous enough to facilitate the End of the “D’banj & Don Jazzy” era as a team. After this new deal has been signed and sealed, I do NOT look forward to seeing an email whatsoever or hearing from the DKM (D’banj, K-Switch, Mo’Hits) crew, and all is well again.
Same day: D’banj Email (reply)
“In case he (Don Jazzy) forgot, this is the arrangement! 50/50 — song writer/ production, which means for a song X for artiste Y, 75 percent as per production is fully owned by Mo’Hits and writing is shared 25/25 with the individual artiste co- writing. So, that’s the deal! So him saying 40 percent is not his to give away is more like 75percent me and 25percent each artiste.
What do you mean by any bills or loans would be cleared by Mr. D’banj? That will never happen because when I ran the company, I ran it perfectly and well. So, if I give him my shares he is left with 100 percent liability. My catalogue is everything that has been done with the Mo’Hits system and under the normal agreement we have, that means everything I have recorded or that has been recorded whether new or old, or even classic, whether beat with concept or even idea without beats, anything we did as a team and sponsored by me throughout, then, it is mine. Including K-switch clause and all mine and even Wande’s singles and all till the date
of signing even today.
And now, I wanna clear the air on this Samsung deal! I would expect by now that you understand that me keeping quiet is being GENEROUS because this is a deal structured under Mo’Hits Records, (and it is) the first deal and income you would ever bring into the company in eight years. We shared the first $150,000 the right way; 1/3 down and that was cool. But after you collected another 130,000 and did not say anything (that) is and could be described as theft! I only refused to contact them (Samsung) directly because of your reputation. But please don’t call me a fool and
let’s know who is generous!”
Please, please, will he (Don Jazzy) return the Bentley because I bought it for him and it was N5.2million more than mine? And Prince that he claims has no signed contract but is actively involved and signed via engagement – I win his catalogue too – all recorded whether released now or not! This is because no one questioned me when I bought D’Prince N11million naira car (LR3/Range) without releasing any album just to boost the image of the boy and it worked for him! So, let’s get the facts straight, I AM BEING MORE THAN GENEROUS.”
That’s it! Don Jazzy wants D’banj to bear the burden of both loss & gain(esp the loss) of MoHits because D’banj is positively winning the case. About the Samsung deal, D’banj is entitled to the final payment made by the brand. I’m not saying Don Jazzy is wrong nor D’banj is right…those two point are just worth extra emphases. I’m not TeamDonjazzy, I’m not TeamD’banj. All I want is for them to break-up the old Era in peace, and not affect the new Era.
Email credit: Punch