Chief Executive Officer of Slip Entertainment, Mark Okraku Mantey, has said Lord Kenya should change his attitude when it comes to giving credit to people who helped him in his career.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, Mr. Mantey said anytime the former hiplife artist has to give credit to Slip Entertainment for helping him in his career, “he dodges.”
Lord Kenya in an interview on Hitz FM with Andy Dosty said he became popular after he left Slip Entertainment.
The music producer was reacting to Lord Kenya’s statement said it is disheartening when the hard work and teamwork he and his people put into managing Lord Kenya is not appreciated.
“I inducted Lord Kenya into the whole sampling brand where we got big people to accept his brand. We didn’t have the acceptance that is why I put him on ‘Kokooko’ song [by Daasebre Gyamenah] and his appearance on ‘Kokooko’ propelled him to a different stage altogether,” Mr. Okraku Mantey stated.
He explained the hard work of Slip Entertainment got Lord Kenya a deal with Miss Ghana, Club Beer and a chance to perform at the first edition of the Ghana Music Awards (GMA) in 2000.
“If the album wasn’t indelible and monumental enough how come you [Lord Kenya] got the deal, if you were underground [artist],” he told Andy Dosty, host of the show.
The Music Producer said “you can compare Lord Kenya’s second and third album and check out sound production, you will see how hard we [Slip Entertainent] worked hard on the second album. That was his platform to step out, grow and bring out his third.”
He stated the former hiplife artist was not known for one song but was known for full albums that had five to six hit songs.
The Programs Manager at Hitz FM said he has observed for some years and has kept quiet on some of those comments from Lord Kenya, however, it is becoming rampant.
Mr. Okraku Mantey said, “this thing about making it look like slip did not do enough for him [Lord Kenya] but worked hard on his own he should stop it.”
He said even after Lord Kenya parted ways with Slip entertainment, he [Mark] had no problem when a beat he created with Appietus was given to Lord Kenya.
“I had just gone to the studio and told Appietus I have this concept that I want to do but it will not suit any of my artistes so when I’m done you can give it to anyone. When I was exiting Appiah told me the beat fit Kenya so he wants to give it to him and I had no problem,” he explained.
Mr. Okraku Mantey said Lord Kenya did not give him credit after the song was released even when he [Lord Kenya] knew who produced the beat, “and you never hear him give credit to the Castro guy who used to write (lyrics) for him.”
He said the ingratitude in the creative space must be talked about we must talk about it “it is becoming a culture and a habit, he struggles to give credit to people.”
“Lord Kenya must change his attitude,” the CEO added.