“F**k You!”: New report dishes on the ugliness that led Jesse Jagz to leave Choc City [DETAILS]

by Hauwa Gambo

5Mics & Jesse Jagz

First, we weren’t exactly sure if the rapper, MI Abaga was in Chocolate City or with his own Loopy Music, or somewhere in between.

[READ: Chairman moves: MI, Africa’s number one rapper returns with worldwide premiere]

Whatever it was, Jesse Jagz couldn’t take it anymore. Last week, he quit.

Not surprisingly, due to the nature of his quitting – via a like-a-thief-in-the-night Facebook message – it was apparent there was a conflict. An investigation by entertainment newspaper NET seems to confirm that – it’s a messy tale of debt, failure, insubordination, hard drugs, and more than a few F words.

According to the paper, “This comes as a sudden shock to everyone including some staff and executives at Chocolate City but those in the know will tell you this was long expected.”

Jagz, one source told NET, ‘was fed up with the way the label was handling his career and decided to frustrate them in return.’

Jagz last release was his debut album in May 2010, after then he sort of went into comatose, save for his production of Ice Prince and BrymO’s albums in 2011 and 2012 and a few minor releases, we might not have noticed his presence.

Chocolate City have a one-year/one-artiste project run’, a staff at Chocolate City tells NET.

(2008-2009 was M.I, then ’09-’10 was Jesse, ’10-’11 was M.I again, ’11-’12 was Ice Prince, ’12-’13 was for Brymo, this year’s run ’13-’14 was meant to be for Jesse Jagz).

But Chocolate City signed three new acts – Pryse, Nosa and Victoria Kimani and started concentrating on the last two when they noticed Jesse had started giving them trouble’, our source adds.

Jesse would refuse to go to the label’s studio at Lekki Phase 1, he and the other choc boys M.I and Ice Prince had built separate studios in their Palmgroove, Lagos residence. Jesse just kept making music, a lot of music, over 100 songs’.

Then there was the debt:

‘Choc City said Jargo owed them money, there were several cases where he would travel to the North for a gig and wouldn’t bring back anything to the label. At times, he would claim they paid him just to appear and that didn’t hold under his contractual agreement’.

Then there were the drugs:

The second was his alleged substance abuse. There are very strong claims that Jesse Jagz, a truly talented rapper and producer, is addicted to Marijuana.

Everybody smokes ‘igbo’ but Jesse’s own was too much! He would be reeking of Igbo smell when he came up to the studio to hang out. Don’t you see his Instagram photos, don’t you read his revolutionary tweets? He thinks he’s Fela or Bob Marley for Christ’s sake!

There was the fed up back staff.

Sources say Sola Oladebo, Jesse’s manager for the last three years, is tired of the whole situation.

Sola is tired, fed up but can’t leave him now, he has invested too much time in Jargo. At a time, there was nothing to do as Jesse career was dormant, so when Choc City fired Ice Prince’s former manager in 2012, they made Sola the interim manager’.

 

And then, there was the ‘F**k you’:

An insider told us over the weekend, that the last straw that broke the camel’s back was when Audu Maikori, top exec at the label summoned him via E-mail, he simply replied with two words ‘F**k You’.

Apparently, even his elder brother MI had no idea this was going to happen. “M.I was as shocked as everyone else,” NET reports a friend of MI as saying. “He’s not happy Jesse didn’t tell him of the situation first. He has erased all thoughts of leaving Choc City now as a sign to show loyalty.”

Oh, and there’s more bad news:

Will other acts follow suit? An insider tells us ‘Watch out for Brymo, he might also throw in the towel soon. He had issues with Vice Presido M.I in 2012, he also has grown wings, you can never tell’.

We’re definitely staying on this story.

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