- TS Records and Dj Sbu have given ProKid’s family all rights to his music
- ProKid’s record label will no longer receive any profits as it will go straight to his family
- This decision came after a backlash when DJ Sbu uploaded ProKid’s music to iTunes
DJ Sbu has been commended for handing over the rights to all of ProKid’s music to the late musician’s family.
During Linda “ProKid” Mkhize’s funeral service, Slikour announced that DJ Sbu along with TK Nciza have decided that they would like the family to have full ownership of his music.
DJ Sbu clarified his decision by pointing out that when signing a contract in the music business, the record label and the artist agree to split the profits a certain way. When the musician passes on, the contract is still valid.
Briefly.co.za learned that by giving the rights to ProKid’s family, the contract between ProKid and TS Records becomes invalid therefore allowing his family to receive all the profits his music generates from now onwards.
Even if the label makes a deal to use his music in a movie for example, all the money that TS Records would have made, goes directly to the family.
TimesLIVE reports that DJ Sbu and ProKid had a strong relationship and he viewed the late rapper as his younger brother. He also said that they hadn’t met in a long time, however they frequently spoke over the phone.
He said that they both started their own projects on the side but that did not break their friendship.
DJ Sbu recalls that ProKid was a lot of fun to be around and he really enjoyed working with him.
He felt that by giving Mkhize’s family the ownership of his music that it was the best thing he could do to honour his friend.
Business practices in the music industry are shifting and DJ Sbu was glad that he was able to change the game by making this decision. Usually a contract between an artist and a record label is set in stone, making it incredibly difficult to get out of or to alter.
DJ Sbu has also encouraged other musicians and record labels to start adding a clause that states that their family will inherit full ownership to all of the artist’s music in the event of their death.
This decision came after he received a huge backlash from social media after TS Records uploaded all of ProKid’s albums onto iTunes.
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