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Ice Prince Alleged Breach of Contract in Ghana + Can Ice Prince Really Freestyle?

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I recently saw this news on Ice Prince allegedly breaching a live  performance contract in Ghana, from some months ago? Say it ain’t so. In any event, the whole fracas was resolved. But a few things for Nigerian and Ghanaian musicians to note.

1. We’ve been down this road before. See the recently filed lawsuit against P-Square, Edo Promoter versus P-Square case. Say what you mean, mean what you say, otherwise get sued. If you don’t get sued, suffer injury to your reputation. These stories get archived online indefinitely people. Don’t walk on eggshells but do cross your t’s and dot your i’s  and follow through, especially where a legal agreement and money is involved. Shegbomi dada? (You heard me?) There are a whole more cases waiting to be uncovered.

2. Ice Prince  allegedly cites circumstances beyond his control as a basis for the alleged breach.

NOTE: You can negotiate in your live performance contract ,with promoters, what is termed as “Acts of God” or unforeseen circumstances i.e. circumstances beyond your control. However, there are also circumstances that are foreseen, yet beyond control. For example, Lagos go slow, Lagos flooding, cancelled flights, NEPA aka PHCN etc.  My Ghanaian people, that was for the Nigerians. Your country is much easier to navigate and get around so terms you negotiate in your contract in this aspect might not include traffic jams, cancelled flights and PHCN problems.

Can Ice Prince Really Freestyle?

On another note, can people free Ice Prince on the whole real rapper thing? Ice Prince is up for BET Nigerian Cypher and on twitter and blogs people are questioning his authenticity because he read his lyrics when he rapped on the Tim Westwood show. Does that make you less of a rapper? What if you have really brilliant ideas and words and you forget them so you have to jot it down? If it is still yours, why are you less of a rapper? Dude gave a disclaimer before he started. He said, “I am not much of a freestyle rapper.” So it’s not like he was trying to misrepresent to his fans or public. Abi no be you own copyrights to your own lyrics, wetin? Una free the guy jor!

See the breach of contract article.

Click here to see how Promoters Agreement work

NOTE: On another note, I am glad to see the development with the case involving the young woman raped on ABSU campus. I will providing updates soon.

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