Ghana’s Artiste of the Decade, Sarkodie, has questioned ‘underground’ artistes who feel bad when big time artistes charge them for collaborations.
Sarkodie explained that music is something most musicians do full-time. Hence, charging for their services should not be considered as a bad approach.
He added that at the discretion of the mainstream musician, he can decide to favour the underground artists and not charge him for a feature.
Sarkodie made these comments in repose to comments made by up-and-coming rapper, K’Swagg during an interview on Hitz FM.
K’Swagg disclosed that Kurl Songx, charged him GHc 1,500 for a music feature. He wanted to charge a further GHc 6000 for a music video appearance, a fee he couldn’t afford; thus he is yet to shoot the video.
These comments attracted a lot of backlash from social media commentators. According to them, Kurl Songx isn’t up to there to charge a promising artiste who is yet to make a mark in the industry and earn money to afford such fees.
Meanwhile, Sarkodie has justified Kurl Songx’s action, explaining that up-and-coming musicians should know how to manage issues of such nature.
“Y’all don’t get it twisted, First off music is a full-time job. Its a choice give service for free but not a must. If you’re lucky to get one’s service for free, you thank the person but it ain’t a must. Don’t make it seem like @Kurl_songx was wrong, I’m pretty sure there are loads of features he’s done with no fees due to several reasons. New acts coming up should be careful how they treat these issues, you will soon get there. I don’t think it was necessary to sit here and discuss personal business, not good for both parties” Sarkodie tweeted.