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Prince Kaybee admits he doesn’t own his masters

Prince Kaybee. Picture: Instagram

Prince Kaybee. Picture: Instagram

Published Dec 8, 2020


The topic of the ownership of masters has been one that has trended a number of times this year, locally and internationally.

Stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Zamar have all made headlines because of this touchy subject in the music industry.

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But one very vocal music star has now lifted the lid on the status of his masters.

DJ and music producer Prince Kaybee has stated that he does not own his masters, which for him, is okay.

His views were brought back to the Twitter TL after singer Tshego alleged he didn't get any royalties for some of his songs that he has masters to and that were recorded under Cassper Nyovest’s label, Family Tree.

Kaybee revealed how owning your masters was not really the best option if you do not know how to profit off them.

In a thread he shared, Kaybee stated owning and profiting off of masters only worked for a few artists and not everyone would be lucky to make money from them.

“Let me start off by saying: I do not own my masters,” he said.

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“There (are) compromises in every business and gents sometimes want to have their cake and eat it by owning masters and keeping sales, but it works for a selected few.”

He added how from his experience: “art was not meant to be kept by one individual” but was made for a society to consume and its wealth to be shared saying that as a creator, one can't “own its full value at all times”.

The Uwrongo hitmaker also advised how good it sounds being an “independent artist” but the harsh realities thereof aren't as simple as many may think.

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“Sometimes independence sounds nice 'cause of the hype, but very few artist(s) are ready to bear with the realities of being an indie.”

This is not the first time the DJ has used his platform to educate people on the masters' debate.

Earlier this year, he and DJ Maphorisa once got into a twar after Porry shamed Kaybee, Lady Zamar and Mafikizolo for not owning their masters.

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Maphorisa did so as his bid to “educate” the industry on the importance of owning the master recording and rights of your work as an artist, saying he and his artists own theirs fully.

While Kaybee didn't welcome Maphorisa's advice, he hit back with a list of businesses that he owned and alluded that the Scorpion King could've made his point without dropping any names.

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