Born Oluwatosin Ajibade Nigerian singer better known as Mr Eazi reveals that he does not charge for music collaborations.
It is a normal procedure for contemporary artistes to receive payments before collaborating with other artistes in the music industry. The fees paid differs from artiste to artiste but the ‘Leg Over’ crooner says he doesn’t receive money to be on a track with another artiste.
While speaking to interviewers from Punch NG, the artiste revealed that no African artiste can call him out for taking money before collaborating.
Mr Eazi said, “No musician in Africa can claim that he paid me for doing a song with him. It is my policy not to charge fees for collaborating with fellow artistes on the continent, but I charge a lot of money to participate in shows outside Africa.
“I have been quietly funding music videos by some artistes in Africa. I have funded about six videos in the last two years. One of the artistes that have benefitted from my sponsorship was nominated for this year’s BET Awards in the United States. He is a rapper known as Kwesi Arthur.”
Since after his gesture to Kwesi Arthur who spoke highly of him, the singer decided it was time to do even more to help many other artistes across Africa.
“A friend of mine, who knew I was doing music in the university, sponsored my first music video. It was a birthday gift from him. He also funded my dance video, which cost him less than $1,000.
“Also, when I wanted to shoot my second music video, Skin tight, I didn’t have to pay a lot of money. Everything I paid for was subsidized. That video made me the star that I am today. If those people didn’t sponsor the videos, I probably would not have been discovered,” he noted.
The Banku Music boss spoke about his new initiative emPawa which is set up to help fellow artistes to get more exposure. “With my new initiative, ‘emPawa’ – I want to discover independent, emerging and talented artistes. I want to provide them with the resources and exposure to launch their own careers,” he said.