“Will he return the Bentley I bought for him?”- Leaked emails reveal war of words between D’Banj and Don Jazzy

by Lekan Olanrewaju

For any who have been paying attention (not that anyone could possibly overlook it if they tried), the Mo’ Hits break up saga has been one hell of a roller coaster—and that’s  only been from information visible to the public. So we could only imagine just how much more insane it would be behind the scenes. Well, we could only imagine, till now.

In a report published by The Punch, a series of emails exchanged between Don Jazzy and D’banj have been released, revealing just how sordid this ordeal really is.

The back and forth involves arguments over who truly owns the rights to the Mo’ Hits catalogue, and sees D’Banj asking at one point if Don Jazzy intends to return the Bentley he bought him.

See excerpts from the Punch below:

D’banj must pay all the debts of Mo’Hits – Don Jazzy

In regards to D’banj’s claim for 100 percent ownership of all songs recorded under the Mo’Hits imprint, the acclaimed producer in an email on March 17th, states, “That Mo’Hits Records does not already own 100 per cent of the songs. Note that Mo’Hits Records only owns 60 per cent of the songs and 40 per cent belongs to the individual artiste. So, 40 per cent of the songs is not mine to give.” He continues, “That me (I am) giving him (D’banj) my share of the catalogue does not and will never include him having the right to stop them (the artistes)  from performing the songs or give him the right to claim any monies for live performances of these songs. And any loans or debt owed by Mo’Hits records as at today will be cleared by Mr D’banj as I am clearly not aware of any.”

Don Jazzy states further that the catalogues he is releasing to his former partner only consists of songs already released in an album exempting new singles and unreleased materials. “So, songs like Wande Coal’s Go Low and Been Long You Saw Me are not part of this catalogue he is receiving. Also, an artiste like D’Prince, not only has he not released any album, he has not signed any contract whatsoever with Mo’Hits Records. That he has no right to claim any monies for deals that have been brokered already as at today with the catalogues or stop their usage. It is important to note that any unreleased songs done by any artiste (including D’banj and K-Switch) MUST NOT be released and is not part of the catalogue I am giving away.”

He adds, “With these few points, I do hope that you all realise that I have been generous enough to facilitate the End of the “D’banj & Don Jazzy” era as a team. After this new deal has been signed and sealed, I do NOT look forward to seeing an email whatsoever or hearing from the DKM (D’banj, K-Switch, Mo’Hits) crew, and all is well again.”

Will you return the Bentley I bought for you? – D’banj

Same day, D’banj responded to the email, stating, “In case he (Don Jazzy) forgot, this is the arrangement! 50/50—–song writer/ production, which means for a song X for artiste Y, 75 per cent as per production is fully owned by Mo’Hits and writing is shared 25/25 with the individual artiste co- writing. So, that’s the deal! So him (sic) saying 40 per cent is not his to give away is more like 75per me and 25per each artiste.”

He then asks, “What do you mean by any bills or loans would be cleared by Mr. D’banj? That will never happen because when I ran the company, I ran it perfectly and well. So, if I give him my shares he is left with 100 per cent liability. My catalogue is everything that has been done with the Mo’Hits system and under the normal agreement we have, that means everything I have recorded or that has been recorded whether new or old, or even classic, whether beat with concept or even idea without beats, anything we did as a team and sponsored by me throughout, then, it is mine. Including K-switch clause and all mine and even Wande’s singles and all till the date of signing even today.”

Continuing, D’banj writes, “And now, (I) wanna clear the air on this Samsung deal! I would expect by now that you understand that me keeping quiet is being GENEROUS because this is a deal structured under Mo’Hits Records, (and it is) the first deal and income you would ever bring into the company in  eight years. We shared the first 150k (One hundred and fifty thousand dollars) the right way, 1/3 down and that was cool. But after you collected another 130k and did not say anything (that) is and could be described as theft! I only refused to contact them (Samsung) directly because of your reputation. But please don’t call me a fool and let’s know who is generous!” D’banj was not coy about his anger. He states that after sharing over N1bn with Don Jazzy in their Mo’Hits days, he was shocked that the producer would now sideline him when he got the balance from Samsung.’’

D’banj writes further, “Please, please, will he (Don Jazzy) return the Bentley because I bought it for him and it was N5.2m more than mine? And Prince that he claims has no signed contract but is actively involved and signed via engagement– I win his catalogue too – all recorded whether released now or not! This is because no one questioned me when I bought D’Prince N11m naira car (LR3/Range) without releasing any album just to boost the image of the boy and it worked for him! So, let’s get the facts straight, I AM BEING MORE THAN GENEROUS.”

The Punch

Whoa. That’s all we can say. Wow!

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Comments (17)

  1. I neva xpected them to argue bout hu gets the company. And pls ds ish has gone on too long.. For pete's sake, I for one m sick of hearn them disgrace themselves in public.. Grow up pple, nd do wht nids to bhee done..

  2. i was surprised wen i heard dat dbanj and don jazzy are no longer 2geda.to say d truth am still shocked.now y will dey av 2send abusive words 2 demselves,its a simple matter fine dey are no longer 2geda den its either don jassy sell his shares 2 dbanj or d banj sell his shares 2 don jassy

  3. Frankly, I can't get past the terrible 'written' english. Appalling!!!!

  4. Aye oloba o lo titi.ds kiod of affairs do not last in 9ja.

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  6. I see no reason why dis duo(D'Banj and Don Jazzy will decide to make a public shame of themselves over their seperation.gues they are nt conscious of the fact that all they say against each other are already in d national archives and they should be more careful before they go to d extreme. They are makin a fool of them selves by washin their dirty linens in the public,besides its nt the public's business on hw they want to share thw Mo Hits empire cos no one knew when they were allocating it amongst themselves.They should better grow up and stop leading the young comimg artistes astray.This will also serve as a check to the upcoming artist in their choice for who they want to collabo with.

  7. And †ђξ dense KW knows about this brawl and cannot do or say anything…. Smh for so many music partners and also for "†ђξ end of Mo'Hit"….. O ma se ooo (iπ yoruba)

  8. Hmm, this is not material for the public. Both of them lose out in this case.

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  10. I honestly don't like the challenges Mohit is experiencing right now, please Dbanj and Don Jazzy, you both should stop this public disgrace and settle your issues amicably amongst yourselves without washig your dirty linen outside! We all know that only those close to us can really hurt us bad, so please, focus on your goals and leave fighting over material things please! So many are looking up to you! What do you wanna show to them or teach them? Dbanj remember when I had a fight with Victoria Oloye in kokomansion, the statement you made, please apply that same wisdom today and do the right thing! Trust me, you n Don are an item, youths(men) am proud of in this country! Please make una no fall my hand abeg!

  11. It is really wa o!

  12. Pls I am begging u both (D'banj & Don Jazzy) to save us all this drama by taking hold of their ego, supress their pride & act matured to digest this tom/jerry face-off amicably. I have always respected u both in ur struggles to limelight & still will, why allowing urselves to be reproached by misconducts, one thing u both should understand is that its only the person close to u that can also hurt u, we are all not perfect as human, life always have its way of disrupting our focus/goals but only the brave & positive nurture people that gains victorious momentum. Now the young up coming artise & even some old ones are seeing u as their role model, why frustrate their hope to trust & attain their dreams? Some people around u both (D'banj & Don Jazzy) might be fueling more disaster into ur midst just to distract ur visions, u should realise that our life in this generation revolves round politics where people work on the subconsciousness of the other individual to climb into firm or recorgnition that will get him/her a taste of the cake. Pls u both should let go of this strive that is unhealthy to the good image/status u have built over the years & come to amicable compromise. Its why I fear for our children to come, who will they sincerely look up to, who will they see as their role model, who will they picture a perceivere good altitude from & how can they even believe in themselves when all this present generation see is selfishness, backstarbing, hatred, critics, dented images etc…….??????????????

  13. This is worse than we can even see….. 🙁

  14. WOW!!! SO THAT RANGE D'PRINCE WAS POSING WITH, WAS AN IMAGE BOOST NI? I HOPE ALL THEM YOUNG BOYS THAT WANT TO SWAGGER LIKE HIM HAVE TAKEN NOTE. ALL THAT GLITTER, ….OYA COMPLETE IT.

    GROW UP YOU TWO!!!

  15. Jisox.

  16. As in!!!!

cool good eh love2 cute confused notgood numb disgusting fail