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Celebrities Behaving Badly: Music Producer Samklef Goes on Abusive Rants Over Wizkid Not Supporting his Career

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Producer SamklefI think I have said it before but it bears repeating. Artists (producers, singers, rappers et al.) nobody owes you anything. The sense of entitlement is particularly annoying when it comes from someone who should know better. What’s with all these whining and cursing out producer Samklef has been doing on twitter, lately and also in an interview with LIB over Wizkid not helping him out?

1. He says all he wanted was for Wizkid to support him for four years. What world does he live in? Is there a contract demanding this? You were paid for your services to produce music. You produced, the artist used your work. You gained notoriety through the artist’s prominence and use of your work. What exactly does he owe you again?

2. He says he always visited Wizkid’s home but Wiz never visited his. You choose to visit Wizkid’s home. Clearly, he did not feel the same way about your friendship hence his action of not visiting your home. What’s the issue?

3. I fail to understand the noise and abuses on twitter and other social media platforms, or the interview that is much to do about nothing.

When Wizkid chose to respond positively to these abuses, Samklef took it as a cue to continue with his whining and abusive  entitlement sessions. Samklef, please get over it and get back to work. Absent a contract to the contrary, Wizkid owes you no  obligation to promote you or your work. Taking to twitter or blogs to curse and harass him is not only unprofessional but could also lead to liability. Quit with the abusive rants and entitlement tantrum sessions. Nobody owes you anything. Be about your music and the business of music.

-Uduak


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“I’m not happy with Wizkid. I like his music, but I don’t like him as a person anymore. The reason I don’t like him anymore is, why do you go about spoiling other people’s business? I never spoiled your business, never came out to say anything bad about you for four years. So why would you go to an OAP and tell the OAP that the reason why you no longer work with me is because my beat is amateur. What does that mean? Those amateur beats was what brought you to limelight, was what made you meet the same Akon who first dropped ‘Don’t Dull’ on your voice.” Samklef said.

I never downgraded him. I showed him love. I used to go to his house…but he never came to mine. He doesn’t know my house. He hasn’t even seen my son before. It means he doesn’t regard me as a friend. I wanted to feature him in one of my songs but this guy kept posting me for years. That’s not even why I am angry. I am angry because he’s going about disrespecting my talent. Saying these things in public. It is annoying.

“I’m doing fine without Wizkid. I don’t want to say I regret working with him but I’m thanking God that we are all alive. But ask him, the people you are going to feature in America, if they were like you, would you meet them?

“I wish him luck. I don’t regret working with his talent, I only regret working with his person. His fame took him away. He forgot where he was coming from. His person is very disgusting. There’s something we call the grace of God. Before Wizkid got to where he is today, somebody gave him a front line, somebody introduced him. He didn’t just come from anywhere. Making music is not just about one person. Banky was there to give him the front line and others came to help out. I’m not the only one complaining, other producers are complaining. I don’t want to call names but nobody is saying anything good about Wizkid and you call yourself a superstar when you keep matching other people down. What is the star about you? Is it because you are featuring other foreign artists? You are not the first to do that, others have done that before so why are you carried away?

“I don’t want to do anything with Wizkid anymore. Keep it to yourself, keep your name. I have new friends and new family. But he can continue talking. We are listening. I don’t wish him bad. He says my beat is amateur but watch out for Samklef.” -LIB Interview

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