The war between singers, Wizkid and Saeon may not be over afterall!
Saeon had earlier claimed she spent N1.5 million to get Wizkid on her ‘Boogie Down’ song and so she didn’t understand the Starboy’s claim that he does not charge for collaborations. She was apparently upset that Wizkid did not help promote the song and the video not even through a tweet.
Wizkid had replied her in an interview with TVC where he stated that he even did her a privilege by jumping on her song. He had also claimed he charges N10m for collaborations with those who are not his friends and even gave her a huge discount hence the N1.5m fee. Wizkid who claims to do collaborations with his friends free of charge spoke about how certain artistes will sleep at his gate begging for collaborations and once one is done, they ‘bounce’. Towards the end of the interview, Wizkid had jokingly said he will beat her up.
Saeon’s former manager, Alex Adegbenro spoke to a UK radio station recently about the entire episode as he was still the Baseline music artiste’s manager when the deal was brokered.
“I can’t really say much as well, I recently started getting calls from people too asking me what’s going on between Saeon and Wizkid, so I decided to go online to get myself informed as well, and lo and behold I found a video of Wizkid talking about Samklef and Saeon. Contrary to Wizkid’s claims, Saeon at no point made any contact with the kid, until I set up a first meet up.”
He was also upset about Wizkid’s comments which insinuated Saeon had been begging him for the collaboration:
“It’s funny when he said she slept in front of his house to beg him, I feel that’s a figure of speech and I feel it’s still wrong for him to say that. She never had his contact, he also forgot that he started the same way, sleeping at OJB’s studio crying after M.I and so on. As a matter of fact, myself and his manger were the ones discussing, his manger, Godwin Tom gave us a fee, we disagreed with the fee and told him what we could afford was N1.5 million and then he came back to us and said they’ll take it.”
Alex Adegbenro is also of the opinion that Wizkid’s statements were not consistent or he was just being plain-proud and arrogant:
“Here’s what I think, Wizkid has contradicted himself already, he’s either not a thinker, or he has consumed himself with so much pride. Why would she pay you and then beg you. The irony of it all was that Saeon didn’t actually want to record with Wizkid, after paying, it took about a month to record the song because he was travelling a lot for shows.”
According to Saeon’s ex-manager, his former client never really wanted to do the collaboration as she had other priorites but was coerced into doing it since they had paid Wizkid for it. He also claims Wizkid was the one who pushed for a video to be shot for his own selfish reasons:
“She wanted to use the money in putting out an EP, but when Wizkid got back, we pressed on getting the job done because he had been paid, now I’m not saying he was obligated to tweet about the song because I think that’s what started the whole thing, but coming from someone who was adamant about us shooting a music video so he could benefit from it.
He also called out for Wizkid for threatening to beat Saeon up but was quick to point out that the whole episode will help Saeon’s career however.
“And the one that got me was when he said he was going to beat her up. Saeon didn’t even get to meet him or talk to him until the day they recorded together in the studio. And I remember he gave us a list of producers he could work with, he said it was either, Samklef, Sarz or Maleek Berry and we picked Sarz and then when he heard the beat Sarz made, he didn’t like it, so he called Sarz and was like, ‘Dude, you know my new sound, why do you keep making beats like this.’
So we went back the second time and Maleek Berry just laced a beat and the song happened like a freestyle. I’m just a bit disappointed in him, I personally think the part of his statement where he said he would beat up Saeon shouldn’t be left alone. Well, if you look at it on the bright side, I think this whole thing has helped Saeon.”