I think half the time when I discuss legal issues or potential ones I foresee that may occur from the contractual relationships industry professionals enter into here on AML, many think I am crazy. On the Nigerian end, they just think I have gone mad. However, note the consistency of the things I discuss becoming a reality.
Further, when you spend the kind of time I have spent litigating issues for parties, putting out or preventing fires, almost on a daily basis, you can see the end result of things before they even happen.
It is no secret Chocolate City is my favorite label out of Africa, however, use the search box on AML to see my many discussions and concerns on Chocolate City, its artists and M.I Abaga’s Loopy Records further complicating things, in my view.
I just got wind of this breaking news below. I am a bit saddened with the news because all is clearly not well. Even if you leave a label, as an artist, you don’t leave this way.
The way Jagz has also dropped this news on us also calls into question Jesse’s relationship with his brother Jude Abaga, strictly from a business perspective, for now; and all of the legal rights that flow with all four key parties i.e. Chocolate City, Jesse Jagz, Loopy and M.I in his individual capacity as an artist and co-producer at Chocolate City.
It is very premature to even speak on some of the glaring legal issues, so I’mma wait. Read his release to the press below. I have checked to make sure this release is legitimate. Indeed it appears to be as Ovie O of Notjustok.com confirms on NJO’s website he received this exact press statement below directly from the artist:
“To whom it may concern:
I, Jesse Garba Abaga (also known as “Jesse Jagz”) an artist formerly signed to Chocolate City Music label hereby wishes to notify my fans and the general public about my voluntary exit from the label.
After my initial two year contractual agreement with Chocolate City, I do not wish to renew my contract with them and as such have proceeded to continue my music career with my new team at Jesse Jagz Nation. I still maintain a cordial relationship with the management of Chocolate City and my former label mates and I wish them the best in all their future endeavors. Any further information will be passed across through my publicist but until then, have a good day. Look out for my sophomore album JagZNation Vol. 1 coming out in July 2013.
All for the best,
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