The Ghanaian-based Nigerian music duo, ENE Yatt, has claimed rapper Sarkodie charged them $25,000 dollars after they contacted him for a verse.
EnE YATT is a Nigerian Afropop duo composed of two brothers; Elvis pamo Owugah(Smart) and Richard Ebi Owugah (Snazy). EnE YATT born Elvis Pamo Owugah and Richard Ebi Owugah in Rivers State, Nigeria attended Immaculate Comprehensive College, Omoku, Rivers state. They moved to Ghana after their Secondary School days and have lived in Ghana ever since.
They made the revelation when they were asked if they have ever been refused a feature because of their status as up and coming artists.
“We wanted to do a song with Sarkodie and we were asked to pay $25,000.” Richard said when they were in an interview with Sammy Forson on Daybreak Hitz on Monday.
“The fact is, paying this amount of money to Sarkodie is not a problem. But taking this money from an underground artist who is trying to come up… I wonder where you are trying to get to with that.
“Sarkodie is big. He deserves to be paid more than $25,000 for a feature – even a $100,000, but not from up-and-coming artists who are trying to survive,” said Elvis of ENE Yatt fame on Hitz FM.
They added that Sarkodie could have simply denied the feature if he wasn’t ready to do it, instead of quoting an outrageous sum of money for a verse.
Probing into the matter, the host asked who among Sarkodie’s team they contacted about the feature, to which they responded: “We spoke to his management – Angeltown (Sarkodie’s manager), Possigee (Sarkodie’s longtime producer), and a couple of people.”
The duo went on to state that featuring a mainstream artist like Sarkodie does not necessarily guarantee that the song will become a hit, although his presence on the project will give it some buzz.
“Sark can actually give you the hype, but I don’t think it is written anywhere that once you do a song with him, it is going to be a hit.”
Their latest single, ‘No Dull,’ is available on online music stores.
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