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Updated – M.I Abaga: “Contracts Must Be Honoured” | Chocolate City Vice President Speaks on Brymo Feud With the Label | Photos of Brymo’s Court Injunction

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The Brymo/Chocolate City saga continues.

Moments ago, estranged Chocolate City ensign, Brymo took to Twitter to call out the label’s CEO, Audu Maikori in yet another Twitter rant in recent times.

Since his third album, “Merchants, Dealers & Slaves” dropped, there has been very tense energy between the “Down” singer and his now estranged record label as legal matters have caused a rift between them.

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Moments after, Chocolate City vice president, M.I Abaga took to his Twitter page to explain the intentions behind the difficulties they are facing with Brymo‘s antics. He made a statement in a response to a fan’s tweet:

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Also, contrary to Brymo‘s tweet which asked fans to disregard news of a court injunction, it seems the singer was just trying to ignore the Nigerian legal system like he did his contract. Check out photos of the filed court injunction.

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What’s your take on this feud? Who is at fault and how best do you think they can make amends amicably?

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115 Comments

  1. DraggNation

    October 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    If for any reason you doubt yourself being perpetually loyal at ny juncture in your life, then bloody read stuff before putting an INK on it.

    • elleven45

      October 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Exactly my point, didn’t he read the do’s and don’t before signing the contract. *sigh

    • lola

      October 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      chocolate city must have breeched the contract as well, if not why would he want to leave. i also advise brymo to change his stage name like prince did and release different music under it. Also i personally feel that the reason why we all know ice prince today is because of brymo, the only reason why oleku (his biggest hit) blew up and was so accepted was because of the chrous which brymo did #justsayin

    • A Dot

      October 26, 2013 at 3:48 am

      “Also, contrary to Brymo‘s tweet which asked fans to disregard news of a court injunction, it seems the singer was just trying to ignore the Nigerian legal system like he did his contract.”

      This right there is a bias statement and is POOR journalism Onos. This would apply to you only if you consider yourself a journalist. Learn to report issues without any bias statements.

    • Iwari

      October 26, 2013 at 5:05 am

      ‘God bless you! Please when reporting stories Bella try to be neutral. That’s what journalism is, let us make our minds up ourselves. We are not here for any form of propaganda no matter how subtle it is.

    • Mee

      October 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Thank you…

    • KokoDee

      October 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

      GBAM and CO-Sign A Dot! I thought I was he only one who picked up on this. Ridiculously biased and amateur of BN..

    • iba

      October 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I totally 101% agree with you. I was sort of shocked reading that comment. You cant take sides here Onos. You are not sending a text to a friend, this is going online. Bella Naija is big stuff online and should not be seen to be supporting anyone. #justsaying

  2. DAMMY

    October 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Yeah contract must be honoured “if any”.

  3. DAMMY

    October 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Brymo… do the right thing. Agreement is agreement. Contracts must be honored.

    • tunji

      October 30, 2013 at 2:13 am

      Wait. If he was making one naira out there, he should do the right thing and starve?

  4. otunba seun

    October 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Contracts must be honoured.MI has spoken

  5. paulmirabilis

    October 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I find it difficult to understand why some of these artistes behave like illiterates. You signed a contract that expires in 2016 and now you are trying to opt out. Was he drunk when he was signing the contract? I laughed when he left and organised a press conference saying that he knew he would be cheated in court or something like that. This is totally insane. I expected Brymo to have learnt from the case of Kelly Hansome and Kennis music. As good as Kelly is, he has literally wasted away since almost 4 years ago. We need to understand that these record labels are businesses and every business wants to stay in business and make profits. They invested on you, promoted your album and from figures, the album didn’t do badly. Is it that artistes of nowadays are just too greedy?My candid advice to Brymo is to go back to Choc City NOW. Otherwise, he should be ready to be another KELLY HANSOME. You are good but contract is contract. Do yourself the favor of honoring the contractual agreements you signed to

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      October 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      ” I find it difficult to understand why some of these artistes behave like illiterates”…..
      Maybe he is an “illiterate” or at least uneducated…..These are the ones that get screwed over the most too……another reason to stay in school uhn??

    • ILoveGenevieve

      October 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      And your mind tells you this won’t have an effect on Chocolate City? I mean how relevant has Kennis being since four years? Or Question Mark with multiple saga with their artiste? Record labels also need to threat their artiste properly

  6. koks

    October 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    He better get himself a good arbitration lawyer/representative. Ranting on twitter will only harden their stance and a simple matter of honouring your contract will get very complicated and expensive fast.

  7. Okechukwu Ofili

    October 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Contracts must be honored…not necessarily true. There is clearly friction, if he (Brymo) cuts an album with Chocolate city it will be a terrible album at best. I just don’t see him taking stage with them and performing or promoting. Lastly you will hold him down for 3 years? If he is that valuable why not seek a compromise or let him go. Anyway. Goodluck.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Okechukwu, I agree. Sometimes, going to court is really just an expensive route with the end goal of hearing someone else say you’re in the right but you’ve spent a great deal of money on the way, the injunction stops him from leaving your organization but doesn’t force him to give a rat’s ass about bringing quality into anything he puts out under your label, and the relationship is well and truly soured. Both sides should have gentlemen and drawn up a compromise agreement long before it came to this.

    • Idak

      October 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      No wonder Jazz is very common in the naija business scene.
      How can you encourage anyone to break a contract under any
      circumstance? If CC are in breach,he should approach the court to
      terminate the contract. When he was enjoying the benefit of CC, he
      did not cry out,now he is forming philosopher. His dad forgot to
      teach him about the equity of keeping your word and abiding by
      covenants,which is simply what a contract is. Audu and co are
      simply trying to set a precedent so that no artiste will toy with
      them in future. It will not stop new acts from signing onto the
      label as the lack of a structure in the industry induces
      desperation. Audu and CC are no saint (the fact that they had
      massive talent like Jesse and Brymo in their hands and messed them
      up is judgement of their ability as record label bosses) but Brymo
      has to learn to act within the law and respect contracts he
      wilfully signed. Ranting on twitter and acting pseudo-philosopher
      is not the way to go.

    • Just bought it on itunes

      October 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      On point, if he is valuable negotiate else let him go….no need to show off that CEO is an entertainment lawyer.
      After all when he was with them, they virtually refused to promote him but instead faced ice prince cos he was making more commercial and successful music.
      This should teach other artists a lesson

    • Seyi

      October 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      I disagree. Contracts should be honored. Brymo knew he had a contract which expired in 2016. If he had issues, he should have tried to resolve it, if not he should have bought himself or found someone to buy him out of the contract.

      And if Chocolate City breached their side of the contract, Brymo should have gone to court to get the legal backing to get out of the country.

      We can’t pick and choose when we want to follow the law. The law is the law.

      I doubt choc city is happy about this. They invested money in him and can’t get it back. How ever sometimes you have to take the ugly route to make a statement. If everyone started ignoring contracts, the cost of doing business would be crazy.

    • Seyi

      October 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      *contract not country

      And if Chocolate City breached their side of the contract, Brymo should have gone to court to get the legal backing to get out of the country.

    • OgeAdiro

      October 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Contracts must be honored, full stop. If he doesn’t like the contract then he should fight it legally. If signed contracts become non-binding then ready yourself for a miserably chaotic society. We all know most people’s words are worthless.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      O boy siddon. You missed my point. The contract as it if honored will be detrimental to Chocolate city. If you hire a contractor to work for your company and he signs a 3 year contract, but you noticed that in the last 2-3 months he shows up to work late smelling of alcohol and he wants to leave your company are you going to fight for him to stay at yours or let him go? I will pick the latter. You can pick the former sha =D

    • Changing Faces

      October 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Are you serious? Contracts MUST be honored. If you feel the other party has breached the contract, then you must follow the terms of how breaches should be handled as stipulated in the contract. If Brymo refuses to work till 2016, the company can still clean him out if as we wouldn’t have honored his side of the deal. We all need to get educated, legal issues are not to be sniffed at! If he thinks he’s too good, then we’d watch him fight while his fans move on.

    • Jo!

      October 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

      I totally disagree, contracts must either be honoured or
      mutually severed/annulled or whatever the legal term for that is.
      In this case, I think both teams are behaving like children, like
      Twitter is not the place people. Sit down and talk this through, we
      don’t care what goes on inside your orgs, just give us the flipping
      music.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      To all, nobody is arguing against the fact that contracts should be honored. However, every business person needs to count the ultimate costs of filing lawsuits and what it means to head down that road. What was your contract for? Does the value of your product justify a lengthy, expensive battle in court? How will the publicity of that lawsuit affect your business going forward? What kinds of third party relationships are likely to be negatively impacted by suing this person?

      I preach the same message about agreements being honored to clients all day long when I’m negotiating contracts but disputes will always arise in the business world and when that happens, I have to lay aside the strictly legal approach to the breach and get my commercial hat on to start figuring out the LEAST costly option (in terms of money, concurrent/future business activity & reputation) for the company I represent. Going to court is the final option, as the only people who truly benefit from setting your legal hounds at each others’ throats are the lawyers themselves.

      But then, that theory applies where both parties are companies, in this particular case it seems everyone concerned has a personal axe to grind. I still wouldn’t advice MI and Audu to pursue this route, unless it’s just a question of getting personal satisfaction because they sure as heck won’t benefit from too much financial gain.

  8. Madman

    October 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    See how TLC were exploited and left broke…. find a lawyer before you sign.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      ESPECIALLY when you’re signing up with an outfit which is being run by a lawyer. Audu (if his legal game is any good) would have sown up that contract, tighter than a gnat’s behind.

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      October 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      These guys are always desperate when signing…that’s
      usually the main problem. I knew of Brymo before Choc City. He
      wasn’t even that underground, his song/video “shorty” was actually
      on the Naija top 10 charts on TV… but I guess he was excited to
      be signing with a major label he wasn’t cautious. Let’s also
      remember most of us don’t read the agreements these days….just
      got back from a new health provider today, na God save me say I
      read some of the stuff, I woulda signed rights to have my health
      history disclosed to whoever wants it. I do wish him all the
      best…..the law is the law…so he needs to get himself a badass
      lawyer though.

  9. Royalty

    October 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    which contract?? whats d whole contract thng about!

  10. patoses

    October 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    what take?????? we dont know whats happening jara. they have all been talking in parables. father didnt teach me to interpretations. y’ll come out straight and tell us whats happening.

  11. nonye

    October 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    ‘really that simple and really if Brymo even wanted to attempt to ignore the legal system, he shouldn’t have been ranting on twitter, its so public now that if he dares to thwart that injunction he is likely to face charges for contempt of court!

  12. Onyeka Nwelue

    October 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Well, well…

  13. observer

    October 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    maybe chocolate city didn’t abide by their own contract and Brymo’s also decided not to fufill the contract either. oh well…

  14. patoses

    October 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    ok now i get the gist. but y’ll shuld stop ranting the “contract must be honoured” hear his side of the story na. what if ???????

  15. comments

    October 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    panta sunt servanda!

    • nonye

      October 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      “pacta” not “panta”… you know… i.e. “pact”

    • Say the truth

      October 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Lmao

  16. Gistyinka Blog

    October 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    What i will advice Brymo is the he will only receive sorry on twitter rather walk it out amicably with the the chocolate city house.

  17. Annod

    October 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Kai. This is sad. Brymo, such a talent. So stubborn… i hope you find contentment with your decisions.

  18. MAMA MIA!!!

    October 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Brymo, I like you as well as the choc crew, But, you should know better, you are dealing with a highly intellectual bunch. Ignorance, is not to be excused. You must honor that contract or find ways to settle this amicably outside court. Your talent is still undisputed. Good luck!!!

  19. mercy

    October 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I HATE UNFAIRNESS JARE, HE HAS BEEN WITH THEM FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, NOBODY PROMOTED HIM, ATLEAST NOT AS MUCH AS ICE PRINCE, EVEN WE THE PUBLIC KEPT ASKING FOR BRYMO’S SONGS. THEY CLEARLY DID NOT FOLLOW THEIR PART OF THE AGREEMENT, AND LEFT BRYMO WITH LITTLE OR NO CHOICE, WHEN FREAKING LAST DID M.I DO A SONG WITH BRYMO, LIKE SERIOUSLY BUT HE IS THERE SHOWING US HIS FACE ON KIMANI’S NEW VIDEO AS NEW AS SHE IS INTO THE LABEL, ITS OBVIOUS, JOR, AND IT IS SO UNFAIR, TOO BAD HE SIGNED THAT CONTRACT NOW ONLY A GOOD LAWYER CAN RELIEVE HIM OF THIS OR HE JUST HAS TO COMPROMISE AND MAKE THE BEST OUT OF THE SITUATION. #DISCRIMINATION

    • Fig leaf

      October 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      But why shout this gist at us na?

  20. Nne Somebody

    October 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Mr. Ofili, your head is totally correct. You can’t force an
    employee on an employer and vice versa. Same with record label and
    artiste. It requires on-going collaboration and intellectual output
    which unfortunately, is directly linked to emotions. In other
    words, if Brymo no happy, he will not be making any Oleku type
    music. They will most probably agree to some of sort of financial
    settlement. That being said, people ought not to enter into
    contracts without seriously counting the cost. If Brymo has valid
    reasons for wanting to walk out, might be, we’re looking at breach
    from record label. If only it were an episode of Suits and not a
    young man’s livelihood.

  21. Nneks

    October 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I like Brymo but all of you supporting him, how do you know
    he is not the one at fault?..I have heard he has a real character
    problem and didn’t even follow up in some of his promotions…..as
    for @mercy..what if Brymo did not want MI to collaborate with
    him?…in a sane world and for any reputable business this would
    not even happen….one has to honor contract or get a lawyer and
    sort it out early. Personally Brymo brought this on himself a bit
    he should have sorted this out first before going public…still
    like his music…

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      If he has issues, terminate the contract or drop him from the label. If you have cancer you remove the tumor you don’t try and chill with cancer…

    • Nneks

      October 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      my dear I wish it were that easy but lets not forget a record company is first and foremost a BUSINESS…..someone might have a terrible character but if they are making you money and there is a contract you go ahead…………….do you think the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga don’t have attitude problems? especially at their level of fame? but they are under contracts and if they still want their money and level of fame they oblige and the Record company turns a blind eye as long as money is coming in… why do you think Rihanna releases an album and goes on tour every year? she doesnt even write her own music, its because that is the kind of contract she is on and she is her record labels cash cow…….I understand that Choc city is not being fair but Brymo should have read his terms of agreement or got a lawyer to sort it out amicably first

    • Nneks

      October 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I dont like what Choc City is doing but we shouldn’t just support Brymo because he is talented we do not know exactly who is at fault, although on the other hand I do hope Audu Maikori is not intentionally being mean to him….the truth is that there is no way all artist can achieve the same level of fame on a label …one or some would always do better/gain more fame than others….so if you are the jealous or stubborn type, it is better to hustle on your own…

    • Changing Faces

      October 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Oga the law does not work like that! And how do you compare a breach of contract to cancer? You knowingly walk into a contract and must have enough integrity to opt out the proper way! He can rant on twitter from today till 2016, but that’s where it ends. He’s playing with his future and will definitely lose if he doesn’t sort this out. Minors can’t get into contracts cos it’s no child’s play…

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      look people, If I own a record label and the person I signed no longer wants to work with us. What do you do? If he has to go on tour and gives a lazy performance how will it affect my companies image. Don’t be typing as if I don’t understand contracts. When it comes to creatives, performance, contracts take on a diffrent meaning. Prince went through the same thing, The LOX of badboys as well and Whizkid. The record labels have to adpat the contract. You can’t just form Olumo rock and say contract is contract, you will lose.

  22. DocDeola

    October 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Alvin Hall, the famous black American financial and legal
    adviser recently did a post on black American music industry and
    how nihilistic, self suicidal, it has all been. It’s a must listen
    to. Damon Dash admitted about intentionally screwing artists up, so
    much to the point that they didn’t have any rights to their own
    songs. They couldn’t sing these without permission. He then
    realised that these were his brothers, if you don’t help one
    another who will, thus he did the right thing and relinquished the
    rights. If we keep taking advantage of one another, one day,
    someone else will take advantage of us/family. Now, no black
    American owns their own record labels, they are subsidiaries to
    places like universal. Please let us be fair, let us practice
    ethical business, people would only respect you more. You will set
    a great example for future generations. Nigerian music is being
    promoted as one of the few industries in Nigeria, where talent and
    hardwork count. Please respect your position of authority and be a
    role model. Don’t bully people because you have links in the
    judiciary, be human first.

  23. Celestine Ugwuanyi

    October 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    No one really has the complete picture of what transpired between BRYMO and his record label CHOCOLATE CITY as regards the contract they signed! So it might be difficult to evaluate who breached the same contract or who didn’t. But from all the brouhaha going on social media concerning this case, it’s obvious someone didn’t do his contractual homework well. Even if BRYMO felt CHOCOLATE CITY was not fulfilling their part of the bargain, he could have hired the services of an independent lawyer to fight his case in court and get a court backing to pull out of the contract. He instead just walked out on the contract hoping he would be let off like that. You don’t knowingly sign a contract binding till 2016 and think you could successfully walk out on that without eyebrows being raised. BRYMO is schooled and I am shocked and disappointed that he decided to take this route. No matter how genuine his reasons for stepping out of the contract are, he should have solicited and gotten a legal backing for it. His failure to do so, is responsible for the problems he is today facing with the label. Sentiments must be thrown out the window in this case. It’s either BRYMO tries and convince his new record label or management company to buy him out of the old contract with CHOC CITY or he stays back to fulfill the terms therein for it’s duration. As someone said on one of the entertainment blogs, BRYMO should have learnt from the KELLY HANSOME/KENNIS MUSIC episode. I just hope other Nigerian artistes can learn from what’s going on now! Nuff said!

    • ms lala

      October 26, 2013 at 6:51 am

      GBAM….and am gonna cite THE LOX and BADBOY RECORDS..as an
      example..ruff ryders DMX bought them out..that’s what Brymo should
      have done..even when most contracts are air tight there are
      invisible loopholes one can sip through..ie a monetary fine you pay
      for breaching the contract and Mr. Ofilli if one decides to stay
      and purposely underperforms to misrepresent the business deal they
      can be sued oooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not dropped from the label and
      even when they get dropped you will still pay for damages …that’s
      like an actress acting drunk on set and effing up the movie
      shoot..they will get sued best believe that.

  24. MAMA MIA!!!

    October 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    On a second thought, what about Jesse Jags? He too left,has he fulfilled his contract agreement or is this more like a family thing? If so, Choc family, settle this outside court like Psquare did may d and stop all this drama buhahaha…

    • Sope

      October 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      MayD did not have a contract that’s why he was able to walk away.

    • Da Injurer

      October 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Dear Mama MIA, Jesse Jags had a contract. The contract
      lapsed and he refused to renew it. Way totally different from
      Brymo’s case. Brymo claims the breach of contract was from Choc
      City so the right thing to have done was secure the services of a
      legal practitioner with a brief to getting you a better deal or at
      least, securing your right to a termination of contract. The core
      issue here is largely ignorance.Most Nigerians do not understand
      the importance of having a solicitor read through the fine print of
      ANY contract before you append your signature to said contract.
      Brymo and his backers just created precedence for Nigerian Case Law
      in this regard as i am sure Choc City will litigate this to the
      highest heaven

    • Idak

      October 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Jesse’s contract was up. So he could walk.

  25. Okechukwu Ofili

    October 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Brymo should release an album called “Silence” with 10 songs featuring nothing but silence. Not sure if the contract prohibits him from doing this =D

    • Ready

      October 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Ofili, who go buy? You go buy am?

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      nope…but it will drive a point to choc city.

    • Ify

      October 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Wow!!!! really surprised by your responses. You have been a big advocate on blogs and online media on promoting the way forward for naija.

      Really shocked that you would lend your voice to people not honoring contracts. In a country where peoples words have no value, we now want to discredit the value and purpose of contracts.

      Sad!Sad!Sad!

    • sefi-ann

      October 26, 2013 at 2:58 am

      double like this comment! bella naija ,please,a feature where we can like comments a la necole bitchie would be greatly appreciated. We have been suggesting this for a while now, pls show your readers that their feedback is important to you.

    • ms lala

      October 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

      I now call him the new Kanye West ….walking contradiction
      ..i swear…..ish is sad cuz i always quote him whenever i say
      someone out there knows the diff mehn…dang…HOUSTON WILL HAVE A
      PROBLEM!!!!!!!!

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Then you don’t know this ofili boy well, he supports what he wants to support then puts up his nose up on others, naturally hypocritic…. I am just waiting…

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      See show for me =D Kanye West things….just need to find my Kim Kardashian xxx

    • Iwari

      October 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

      loolll….it is well with you

    • Iwari

      October 26, 2013 at 5:21 am

      loolll….it is well with you @oifili

    • temi

      October 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      I think you should pitch this idea to him. I’m in support.

    • Idak

      October 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Okey, you dey fall my hand o! Brymo has no leg to stand on
      this case. That is why he is philosophising. Lack of honoured
      contracts is the reason why the use of juju in settling business
      disputes is rife in naija.

  26. nene

    October 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    if you sign a contract u have to stay there. this happens everytime. why can’t artistes be patient tese days? in those days, people used to trek from festac,ajegunle and other places and beg radio stations and tv stations to play their music. people feel entitled these days. be patient and even if u don’t like ur record label, wait till the contract has ended. I doubt Brymo will be successful in the next year.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      choi…see as you as downing Brymo…is it not the same thing Whizkid did with EME? They modified the contract sharp sharp.

  27. Aibee

    October 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I might be wrong, and I haven’t seen the Motion for Interlocutory In junction filed by ChocCity but here is my take on the whole issue.
    1. I agree with @Ofilispeaks, Choc can force Brymo to honour the letter of his contract and stay with them but they can not inspire him by fire by force to make any albums, write any songs or be emotionally committed to them. All they will get is an artiste who will be there in flesh but not in spirit. I strongly believe M.I, Audu Maikori and the rest of the Choc City honchos know this. So what’s the point of the whole brouhaha? My next point –

    2. I’m almost positive that the Injuctive prayers would be in the alternative. An order mandating Brymo to remain on their label till the end of his contract, or an order giving them a share of all profits, royalties and income earned on all his songs recorded or performed from now till 2016 when his contract with them ends.

    It is trite that you can’t foce an unwilling employee on an employer and vice versa. Ditto for Artiste and Record Label. One of the remedies for breach of contract, besides Specific Performance (that’s compelling Brymo to stay with Choc City as per the terms of his Contract) is Damages – some form of monetary compensation for loss suffered as a result of the breach of contract.
    So if indeed Brymo breached his Contract, Choc City isn’t really interested in him just siting on their letter head and website doing nothing. They will let him go but want the money they would have earned if he stayed with them.

    Sorry about the long essay in Contracts, my lawyer brains and fingers just synched and went to work. Meanwhile, I’ve heard some songs from the MD&S album and it is one I will absolutely buy. I’m rooting for Brymo on this one.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Aibeeeeeee long time o. See you doing lawyer stuff…na you biko.

      I agree with all your points especially point #1 where you agreed with me…lol. Be awesome.

    • iba

      October 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      This would have only come from a lawyer. Well done! Audu
      Mikori himself is one so he knows what this injunction matter is
      going to lead to anyways. He cant tie Brymo to Choc City, he is
      probably looking to count his loss by suing for damages and of
      course holding fast to all Brymo did while under Choc City,
      copyright, video and all what not. Its quite sad but this is the
      implication and this should act as a warning to the young musicians
      out there. Before you jump and sign to that label, take the
      contract and have a lawyer read through it and explain certain
      things and their implication to you. Getting on that label with
      Photoshopped pictures, trips around the world, a nice car etc is
      not free. That is investment in your career. I wish Brymo and Choc
      city the best, if only they were matured enough to sort this issue
      out like Whizkid and EME did. Brymo stop the sentimental twits and
      get legal counsel now. Hopefully you guys sort it out.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      As to the remedies – indeed. And the courts can order specific performance all they want but can’t force Brymo to bring any passion into what he’s putting out under the label, so what’s Audu going to sue him for next, a declarative order to get Brymo to bring his “A” game to the studio? What record label really wants an unprofitable burden on their books?

      So that leaves damages and we all know the real trick with damages is that a claimant is never 100% sure the court will award the entire amount you’ve claimed for. And any monetary award will need to offset your legal expenses. Hence my earlier comment about applying business sense to the matter. But I can tell the business relationship went downhill and the daggers just came flying out…

      By the way, I’m really liking how this topic is bringing out all these well presented arguments, both for and against.

  28. kehinde Ajose

    October 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Venting on Twitter and talking about injustice will not turn the tide of things.Same thing happen to Soul E…He had to beg Collosal records eventually.This affected and its still affecting his music career.Brymo needs to take a chill pill and resolve this brewing drama outside court.Nuff said.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Ahn ahn is twirrer not outside court…lol

    • Iwari

      October 26, 2013 at 5:28 am

      loolll….i can see you’re really having fun with
      this…

  29. Concerned9ja

    October 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    @ some point..talented artists suddenly get a wake up call
    that they had inadvertently signed away their life literary..from
    our 9ja boys like Flavo and Tuface to others like Marvin
    Gaye..George Michael and Prince…driving the last 3 to almost
    losing their sanity..it goes beyond money..there are issues as
    someone mentioned with Rights to your songs..commercial
    endorsements..the type of songs you want to put out..having gone
    past bubble gum music…

  30. Akunna

    October 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    A lot of people do not know the amount of investment that
    goes into artist development. I am sure chocolate city has invested
    so much on him and when it gets to pay back time, the artist
    leaves. Every label has a plan for its artists and a timetable,
    Brymo was the next to be promoted after Iceprince but Im sure he
    started talking to the wrong people. Well, I hope they sort this
    because he is an extremely talented artist

    • Bukstar

      October 26, 2013 at 1:13 am

      Next to be promoted sa!Se chocolate city cannot promote two artiste simultaneously?He should wait till he grows white hair to be promoted??

    • Iwari

      October 26, 2013 at 5:29 am

      loolll….abiii

  31. Your Uncle

    October 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Change your name and release music under a different name. SIMPLE!!! Bury the name BRYMO, hold a public funeral for that name… When your contract expires in 2016, then wake the name back up if you want to.

    Let this be a lesson to all you artist, songwriter and so on…. READ READ READ your contract and always have an out clause because you don’t know what tomorrow brings. These labels are not your day 1 people, they are a BUSINESS.

    Choco City, I’ll buy out his contract from you. How much is the name BRYMO worth to Choco City??

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Its not about read read. If chocolate city signs an unknown artist to a 5 year contract, even though it is adverse and unhealthy they will stick to it. THats the power record labels have…its a desperation thing. That’s why companies in Nigeria can pay people peanuts and yet demand they work saturday and sunday. Even though the contract initially signed said no weekend work…but how will you complain when there are millions of youth clamoring for your position. Same thing with the music industry.

    • Da Injurer

      October 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      With due respect, Mr Ofili, i think you are not
      representing your brand properly. Are you saying that
      contracts(properly signed) SHOULD NOT BE ENFORCED BECAUSE
      “Contracts must be honored…not necessarily true. There is clearly
      friction, if he (Brymo) cuts an album with Chocolate city it will
      be a terrible album at best. I just don’t see him taking stage with
      them and performing or promoting. Lastly you will hold him down for
      3 years? If he is that valuable why not seek a compromise or let
      him go. Anyway. Goodluck.”. If indeed i read you right, your point
      is that Choc City should let him go since he is reluctant to
      fulfill a legally enforceable contract that he signed with his wits
      around him? Please, you know better than this. Your words carry
      weight so on topical issues which deal with right and wrong, choose
      your words carefully. How can Nigeria grow if we all do what we
      want whether rightfully or wrongly?

    • NaijaPikin

      October 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Da Injurer I agree with you. Ofili you are definitely
      hurting your brand. What kind of message are you sending. I guess
      you can kiss any investors who would have been interested in
      investing in your books/writing career. Your opinions here suggest
      you will definitely be a risky business partner who may decided
      tomorrow to simply say goodbye to a signed contract. The right
      thing to do is 1. Honor you contract 2. Buy yourself out 3. Seek
      legal action if there’s a breach

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      naijapikin remixing words as he sees fit. I no force you to buy books. If you no wan buy don’t buy.
      Moving on…I did not say ignore contracts.
      I said that there will come to a point that the value of ending the contract outweighs the value of holding on to the contract. Its business…if a reluctant and belligerent Brymo on chocolate city is more valuable than a brymo outside chocolate city, then by all means enforce the contract. But if not re-negotiate the contract or terminate it.
      Personal Sotry: I once had a tenant that was hard to work with, even though the contract was for one year, I let them go early at a loss because the headache of dealing with the phone calls and petty complains and attitude far outweighted the benefit of rent they gave me. If I was forming Rambo and saying you must stay for 1 year, I would have caused myself unecessary headache. Talkless of 3 year contract! Haba…
      Anyway sha…interprete how you want to interprete I have said my own sha.

  32. Waanemi

    October 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Hmm, if to say man na God, then we don die be dat, “contract must be honoured”, abeg make them leave brymo contract or no contract, for the sake of past friendship….

    • iba

      October 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      LOL @ past friendship. LOL

  33. Serendipity

    October 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Change ur name Brymo. Or do like prince and answer “the
    artist formerly known as Brymo” for now, till ur contract expires,
    then u can just go back to Brymo! Or take up Ofili’s suggestion and
    release a silent album….lmao

  34. Bukstar

    October 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Brymo should change his artiste name and should re-release his album under that new moniker.Yes contracts should be honored, but as Okechukwu Ofili (my cyber crush) noted, what benefit is this contract to Chocolate city? The artiste is unwillingly to work with them…As it is, both parties can’t gain from this contract. Brymo had better lawyer up and prove to the court that the record label did not fulfill their own part of the contract.

  35. Cool cat

    October 26, 2013 at 3:29 am

    @ofili speaks, while you make some valid points, it is not true what you say of employers and employees. Several companies now that invest in training staff now have a minimum service clause and if you leave before the stipulated period, you will pay back.

    I dont know how well brymo’s first albm did, i only know of a few nice songs on it but what did he do to promote himself? His performances were usually lack lustre and he often looks out of it on stage, again i dont know if he’s one of the numerous artistes who perform under the influence. Maybe he didnt get a lotmof promotion but i wonder what MI should be saying. In my opinion MI is a far better rapper than ice prince but the latter is getting all the hype and accolades. Its all about who is in the public eye the most.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 26, 2013 at 7:32 am

      “Several companies now that invest in training staff now
      have a minimum service clause and if you leave before the
      stipulated period, you will pay back” again missing the point. If
      you own a company and you train and employee and make him sign a 2
      year minimum service clause and in the first year he shows up late
      to work consistently, delivers sub par works, disrupts team
      chemistry are you going to blindly stick to the 2 year contract or
      cut him lose early. I am not justifying Brymo or saying you should
      break contracts, but there are occasions whether you like it where
      contracts have to terminated early. Period.

    • banimo

      October 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      @Ofili, you are making a lot of sense and I dont get why people are not taking time to understand what you mean. Y’all are just twisting his words so you can make noise and say Ofili is supporting bad behavior.

      @ everyone, Ofili’s point is, why should Audu and co stick to a contract that will be detrimental to them at the end of the day?He didn’t say it was okay for Brymo to walk out of his contract. He is simply saying that at this point, the contract is not beneficial to anyone, so they might as well call it quits and move on.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I as the owner of the company will also have measures of punishing ppl who deliberately do those things e.g if you are absent from work a certain percentage of ur salary will be subtracted if you do not get a clear proof from the company clinic of your ailments/or granted official leave from duty, if your team leader reports you for insubordination or team distraction a letter of displeasure or caution will be issued to you after appropriate investigation which will also impact your monthly take home, if you deliver sub par work you will be made to stay extra hours without pay until you meet expectations and if you decide to terminate the contract before then, you should get ready to pay me…… Maybe at the end of the day we will both go home empty and you would have learnt how to be responsible and contract abiding and the next person after you will not repeat the same trash…We always take this nonsense from people, this same people will metamorphose to our leaders one day and we will start preaching change… How will ppl change when you can not hold their words against them?, the contract they signed again they cant abide by it.. And you are here speaking with the both sides of your mouth, you think Chocolate city wants to loose all the money they had spent on him like that? Noo they will teach him a lesson so that Nigerian youths will learn how to read contracts before they sign or if they are that lazy they should hire a lawyer.. stop being hypocritical this is part of the change we need in Nigeria.. Stop advising a young man to ignore a legal binding cos his employers did not do as he hoped, he would have sought a legal release too or included a clause that will enforce them to promote him within 1yr or he will be allowed to leave. Let our youths be enlightened, people can not be behaving as they wish, ignorance should not be an excuse.

  36. Amos Kito

    October 26, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I think they just want him to buy himself out of the contract. Instead of writing crap on twitter, he should be negotiating a price for his contract. simples!

    • Iwari

      October 26, 2013 at 5:37 am

      SIMPLE! the only other option is to pay damages, he can’t
      return to the contract again. The only thing is that he probably
      doesn’t have good advisers because I would have advised him to pay
      damages/buy himself out of the contract before releasing this new
      album. Noe choc city know how GOOD he is (his new album is wayyyy
      better than his 1st album), so now choc city may be asking for more
      because his market value has increased….loool… but enough with
      the honouring contract talk we all know that is more than likely
      not going to happen so the best thing would be to pay damages/buy
      himself out of the contract.

  37. Agidi_jollof

    October 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Did Ofili just Say to someone if you don’t want to buy
    don’t buy. I remember when you had issues about non payment for
    your books and even opened a blog post on it. You saw how painful
    it was when they didn’t hold up to their end of the bargain. For
    someone preaching about change in Nigeria I’m a tad disappointed in
    you. This ‘Allah ya isah’ (let’s leave it for God), you left your
    backlog of rent just Cos you didn’t want headache’ kind of

    • Agidi_jollof

      October 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

      attitude is what is dragging us back as a nation. Whether
      BrymO will give 100% if he stays back is beside the point. Mind
      you, the outcome of this case will serve as a precedent for the
      Label and other label mates. Don’t allow sentiments cloud your
      otherwise sound judgment.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      October 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      On October 25, 2013 at 3:30pm Western African Time Okechukwu Ofili wrote on bellanaija blog from a black chair with an HP laptop that “Contracts must be honored…not necessarily true.”

      According to the dictionary “not necessarily true” means: that it may not be the case or is not always the case.
      If you still want to misinterpret what I wrote or claim that I said it is OK to ignore contracts…that one is your call…Also if you don’t want to “buy” or “don’t buy” it’s your decision, its a free world. One love.

      References: http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/not%20necessarily

    • kemio

      October 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      this is the 1st time i’m reading comments on bellanaija and almost everyone is very objective and mature. Okechukwu ofilli has something to do with this i’m sure.lol

  38. olori Tari

    October 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Okechukwu Ofili..you must be in my head, u’ve definitely
    said everything I planned on saying after reading the gist, ahhh
    bless you for these comments and those your responses, u’ve said it
    all. Like what do they mean contract MUST be honoured ?? If you
    must use the word ‘MUST’ to emphasise how important contracts are
    (which I’m not disputing) then that sentence needs a whole
    rephrase. And Onos, this your choice of words on this particular
    post..nawa oo (pls, sort it out next time). Again, contracts Must
    be honoured; NOT !

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      I’m sorry but contracts must be honoured. The only reason a contract should not be honoured would be for reasons including wrongful inducement, failure in performance, illegality, transactions in bad faith, force majuere events, etc.

      The issue here is what to do when a valid contract isn’t being honoured by one party, which is where Brymo and MI/Audu are right now.

  39. neis

    October 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This was d same thing they did to tuface in kennis music.
    Iceprince is wack but he is getting d promotion. Wonder why Jesse
    left evn tho his brother is there? And wht is victoria rili
    singing? I see same thing happening to skales in EME! Theu focused
    on only wizkid,now wizkid is alredi big and known, they’ve shifted
    attention to Niyola and Shaydee. You pipo wil now insult skales if
    he decides to leave! Iceprince is known today because of brymo’s
    hook on oleku, now he’s singing “na me b d aboki wey dey chop shit”
    issokay!

    • banimo

      October 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you o. Very few people listen to Oleku to hear Iceprince rap, Brymo’s hook made that song and ultimately launched Ice prince’s career. They never promoted Brymo the same way they did Ice Prince. “Ara” was a major song, but did it get promoted?Ice prince career was on the front bunner and it cannibalized that of Brymo. That being said, Brymo should have taking legal action instead of breaching his contract. At this point, he has been taught a valuable life lesson… Chocolate City, should just free him!

  40. Modella

    October 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Okechukwu Ofili, is now the new Idak,replying to every comment!!!

    • Idak

      October 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks for the compliment. I could not ask for greater
      company here.

  41. Amenny

    October 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    bla bla bla is all i hear.all demma need to do is to sit on a table chairman vice chaiman brymo nd evryone involved nd talk things through.

  42. 9jaflave

    October 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Many upcoming artistes will sign away even their soul to the devil just to get a breakthrough. Then, “when success comes and eyes don clear”, they want to assert themselves. Slave trade is in every industry. In this roforofo fight, chocolate city is also bound to lose- bad press, poor brand image. For Brymo: if choc city is screwing you, then run for ur life… or rather stand up to the bully!

  43. Fisayomi

    October 27, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Okechukwu ofili, you’re just a clown. Thanks for those words sha.

  44. tunmi

    October 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

    You’ve gotta think about the benefit of this to the company. There’s the bad reputation and the legal fees. I understand that contracts should be honored but in the long run, will it be worth it?

  45. tunji

    October 30, 2013 at 2:09 am

    whoever said contracts must be honored is crazy? When I saw “till 2016” I knew it was one of those contracts where the artist is treated like a slave. Making peanuts while the label eats. Remember Chocolate City’s biggest hit wouldn’t have happened without Brymo.

  46. adeyemizee

    January 13, 2014 at 2:55 am

    yes o ,contract is contract but u cnt be cheatin nw,brymo is nt a maga nw,xame tin wit,wizkid.eme, kely kenys m,but if u ar blesed lyk olamide no record label dats so gud. Very soon wande coal go sun break wit mavin

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