It has become a trend for desperate budding music acts to court media or public attention by stirring the hornet’s nest at the slightest provocation to achieve fame and popularity.
But for reggae-dancehall singer, Umoren Akanimoh Felix, better known as Sugarboy, it is more of confidence and total belief in himself rather than the desperate quest to gain stardom.
Speaking to Showtime in an exclusive chat, the fast rising singer who has been able to carve an enviable niche for himself in a very competitive industry boasted that he would be bigger than Wizkid, Bob Marley and later become the biggest artiste in the world.
“It’s been a great year for me; particularly because it’s the year I dropped my album and it’s the year I really got to be known. I’m grateful to my label for that; it’s hard work and with God’s help I’ll become the biggest music artiste in the world; not big like Wizkid but big like the late Bob Marley by God’s grace”, he said.
Speaking further, he bragged of how big he has become in less than three years of breaking into limelight.
“The Sugar Boy brand has been growing since 2015; I was unknown before 2014 but since 2015 it’s been a growing brand, it’s not an overnight thing. Sugar Boy is a force to be reckoned with; I’m the future, the same way they saw Wizkid back in the day when Bank W asked people to watch out for him, that’s who I’m right now, by God’s grace I’ll be a music mogul in years to come.”
Recall, New reports surfaced online as more light on Kiss Daniel’s tumultuous relations with his former record label, G-Worldwide, and this comes days after they dragged him to court for breaching the terms of their 7-year, 5-album contract.
According to LIB, a close source to both parties alleged that the label placed the young singer on a measly N30,000 per month salary following the success of his single, Woju, and barred him from collaborating with other artistes. And as though that was not enough, they allegedly stifled him, prohibited him from attending his father’s burial, and many other alleged atrocities meted out on him.
On the salary allegations, the source said:
“From the beginning of his contract (a 7 years and 5 album contract) he wasn’t placed on any percentage rather Kiss Daniel was placed on a monthly salary of 30,000 (thirty thousand naira) up until ‘Woju’ remix was released then it was later increased to 50,000 (fifty thousand naira) before he insisted on a review of his contract in 2015 and by the second quarter of 2015 he began to receive 40% of his performance fees. All the while he was collecting 30k, the boy already had a monster hit song ‘Woju’ and was raking in millions of naira’…I’m sure he was on that salary till after the release of Laye.”
On claims that the label banned Kiss Daniel from collaborating with other artistes, the source said:
“The label categorically banned him from doing collaborations and made it look like he’s the one avoiding it. Or have you also seen his label mate, Sugarboy on any collaborations? The industry can testify to it, i won’t mention names but we all know. All the superstars who came to support Kiss Daniel at his album listening party, he couldn’t payback the favour when they needed him because the label prevented him from doing so. Basketmouth even had to block him on Instagram because Kiss was supposed to do a show for him but his label refused and Basketmouth got angry thinking Kiss Daniel was the one playing games with him.”
On allegations that they barred him from attending his father’s burial, the source said:
“Kiss Daniel couldn’t even make it to his own father’s burial because his label threatened him. On the day of his father’s burial, he already had a show that was booked and his label told him they don’t care about his father’s burial but he had to attend the show else he’ll get sued. At that time, Kiss Daniel was still on a monthly salary of 50,000 and two days before his father’s death, his kid brother was also involved in accident that left him unconscious for weeks. The label only gave him 200,000 to buy ‘coffin and fry puff puff.”
LIB added the result of their private investigation, saying:
“Till date, we gather that Kiss Daniel has made no income from any digital sales of his music, no income from his endorsement apart from the 40% he makes from shows. The label didn’t also provide him with an apartment or cars. Though he stays in his own house and own a couple of choice rides, we gather that he’s had to pay for the official car that was used to move him around in the early days of the career which has since been given to the younger brother of his record label boss, Emperor Geezy.”
Now An inquisitive troll who dragged the singer’s former labelmate SugarBoy into the banter, asked how much he is getting since Kiss Daniel was paid just N30k.
Sugarboy however had a savage reply for him and here’s their exchange below: