Davido's HKN Gang has been accused of snatching a music producer from a record label, Born
Winners Empire (BWE). The artiste in the middle of the controversy is Joshua Boafo, aka JoshBeatz.
On November 21, 2013, Davido took to twitter to announce the signing of the music producer. He
wrote, 'welcome JoshBeatz to the family. HKN Gang newest member. Congrats.'
But in a signed statement by BWE and made available to Nigeriafilms.com , it was disclosed that Davido's tweet came as an "embarrassment and sad surprise because Davido is well aware that JoshBeatz is on a valid contract with BWE" because "he and his crew have visited our Lekki office/studios a few times when JoshBeatz recorded him on a track for the 'JoshBeatz Mixtape.'
It was also stated in the press release that, "we have utmost respect for Davido and HKN, and we contacted them to verify the situation, but they said it was just a random casual tweet by Davido and they have no interest in signing the young producer. Yet we continued to observe a manipulative and deceitful under-the table approach to woo our artist/producer."
"HKN further went ahead last week to release recorded materials produced by JoshBeatz whom they tagged 'HKN newly signed producer". Music business is serious business, and there are rules to the trade. We must put a stop to this hell-destined 'Hustle and Blow' mentality and observe mutual respect as music business professionals. In an industry that is constantly faced with flagrant disregard and abuse of contractual commitment, it is disappointing that even well established record labels will now manipulate and conspire with Artistes to breach contracts. Its a shame indeed," BWE noted.
In view of this, the label "has opted to terminate his (JoshBeatz) contract forthwith. We are not asking for any damages, and we do not wish to be drawn into controversies with anyone."