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21 Nov 2016
Harrysong feels underappreciated at 5 Star Music?
Harrysong is a genius, perhaps one of the most underappreciated of our time. A true veteran, the singer, songwriter and performer has left Five Star Music, a label where he has flourished and grown considerably.
He isn’t leaving on good terms. What resides in his heart are flames of animosity and rancor, which all stem from feelings of underappreciation and disrespect.
“What bothers me is not the work, what bothers me is the appreciation.” An emotional Harrysong told PlanetTV. “You are helping someone that knows nothing and the person is feeling like he is helping you, he is not even feeling, he is telling you that he is helping you”
Of course we all know who Harrysong is directing his ire to. The award-winning artiste who was formerly signed to Questionmark Records has had a successful career with chart-topping records credited to him. A veteran, Harrsyong has written for a long list of successful artistes, with his best work not recorded by him.
Harrysong was signed to Fivestar Music as an artiste but he did more than just sing. He was also in charge of song writing, vocal coaching and music directing.
At Five Star Music, he was the king behind the king – Kcee. While Kcee, the ‘Limpopo’ king held sway in the media as the man with the golden hit songs, Harrysong performed the publicly thankless but financially rewarding tasks of songwriting and A&R duties.
Skiibii and Kcee had benefited from his profound ability to write countless hit songs, and spin a gem out of nothing. That’s his greatest strength. In return, Harry enjoyed the largess and wealth that flowed from Kcee’s elder brother E-Money.
Most of this disrespect can be traced to the first encounter with Kcee in 2007 at a club in Surulere. Kcee was still a very prominent member of the KCPresh group, who were on a good run in the local scene. Harrysong meanwhile, was a struggling artiste who just wanted to survive.
"Kcee is my brother and my friend, and we’ve been together for like seven to eight years now.” He told Vanguard in a 2014 interview. “Like I said earlier, I met him at O’jez in Surulere , when he came to watch me perform at the club .
“So that day, after watching me performed, they (KCPresh), sprayed money on me and encouraged me. I was a nobody before he met me. He and his friends used to come there to watch me perform .So one day, I decided to approach them and they put me through and that is how we became very close .”
That meeting meant that Kcee reached out to Harrysong and he was signed after quitting Question Mark Entertainment, a label under which he dropped his 2012 album, “Testify”. While Harrysong’s genius was yet to pay, Kcee was already a star.
Joining Five Star Music, meant that he was continuing that dynamic, and tying his services to a house run by Kcee’s elder brother, E-Money. From the help rendered to him at a club in Surulere, to being a part of the group’s wealth and opulence, Kcee, being human, must have seen that as an extension of the help.
But the underappreciation and operating from a position of lack of power has gotten to him, and he has decided to take the walk away from the label. “You write a song for someone and the person is telling you if I don’t sing your song you don’t blow, it’s childishness, it’s……I don’t know” he added.
“We are unveiling a new platform; it’s a music platform not a label, it’s a music company owned by Harrysong. It’s not supposed to be surprising, my contract expired long time ago, no, no, no, no, I’m not renewing”, he said.
The new platform is named ‘AlterPlate’ and it will house all of Harrysong’s creative endeavours, and provide the launch pad for this new phase of his career.
But there are still doubts as regards Harrysong’s new move. According to sources, Mr Songz still has two years left on his contract, and will have to see out the deal before he can legally be allowed to jump ship. But no official statement has been provided.