A Tough Situation Taught K.O A Lesson About Owning His Masters

You can add K.O to the list of artists who own rights to their music.

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:49 PM  | K. O  | Drama

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DJ Maphorisa recently had the Twitter streets going wild with the topic of artists owning their masters, so when Zalebs interviewed K.O we had to ask does he own his masters?

The rapper explained to Zalebs that he learnt a lesson about owning rights to your music, early in his career.

K.O explains that in his second year of being in the industry, as a member of Teargas, a tough decision taught him the valuable lesson of having rights to your music.

"We had to change the deal that we had with that guy (Teargas manager at the time) now it had to be direct and we asked for a better deal.

The guy was who is my mentor was noble enough to give us a different deal but he said “if you guys want a different deal you going to have to pay for everything” and we didn't really have money like that but we were like ayt kool maybe we will learn and down the line it will come really in handy," says K.O.

The rapper does not fail to give Maphorisa credit, not only because of his work on the collaboration on his album but also for his work in the music industry.

Nigerian musician Wizkid features on the album on the track Ghetto Boyz along with DJ Maphorisa, who basically made the song happen.

K.O explains that Lawd Pori had the beat and put the collaboration together and never got to fully engage with Wizkid during the process.

"I just have growing respect, every other year seeing Maphorisa just like being the chameleon that he is, how he just understands what the music business is and how to survive through it," says K.O.

Maphorisa is one artist who has been a part of most of Mzansi's musical waves from house to gqom and now Amapiano. He has also been involved with Afrobeats, creating bonds with artists from West African. 

"To me, he is one of the most versatile a&rs and producers that we have seen. So yeah, I mean I got to appreciate a lot of that just dealing with that gentleman." 
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