Nigerian-born Ghana-based singer, Oluwatosin Ajibade, aka Mr. Eazi, has taken to his Twitter account to call out Latino megastar, Bad Bunny, for infringing on the intellectual property of EmPawa artist Joeboy.
Calling out Bad Bunny on Monday, 6th February 2023, via his Twitter account, Mr. Easi explained that the Latino megastar (Bad Bunny), whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, recorded a Joeboy song without going through the standard clearance process with the label and the artist.
“Yo @sanbenito you need to tell your lawyers to stop messing around and clear that Joeboy rip-off on your album,” the tweet reads.
Mr. Eazi then proceeded to add a YouTube link to the song in question in another tweet in an effort to eliminate any doubt as to his claim.
The EmPawa boss didn’t restrict his complaints to Twitter as he took to Linkedin to further expatiate on the copyright infringement.
In the post on his Linkedin page, he complained about the disregard from Bad Bunny and his label over their failure to clear the song. He further shared that he found their actions to be disrespectful and condescending.
In August 2019, Mr Eazi launched emPawa Africa, a talent incubation initiative designed to nurture and support up-and-coming African artists.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that Thirty musicians would be enrolled in the first edition and would receive grants and mentorship to scale up their music careers. The initiative is also supported by YouTube Music.
Mr. Easi is a pioneer of Banku music, a fusion of sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns.
He relocated to Kumasi, Ghana in 2008 and enrolled at KNUST, where he began booking artists to perform at college parties.
The singer showed interest in music after recording a guest verse on “My Life”, a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST.
Mr Eazi released his debut mixtape About to Blow in 2013. He gained an international audience following the release of the Efya-assisted single “Skin Tight”.
His second mixtape, titled Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos, was released in 2017.