- The Nigerian music industry was recently thrown under the microscope over the suspicious death of young singer Mohbad
- Legit.ng, in a bid to understand the inner workings of the Nigerian music industry and how labels like Marlians Record work, we spoke to singer and journalist Neo Phlames
- During our conversation, Neo Phlames shared the possibility of Mohbad's family getting back his entire music catalogue and royalties accrued to him in the custody of Marlian records
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Nigerian singer and music journalist Adeniyi Adewoyin, famously known as Neo Phlames, speaks to us about the tragic passing of young singer Mohbad.
During a conversation with Legit.ng's Nosa Oke-Hortons, Phlames called out Naira Marley and his record label, describing it as an evil caucus.
Mohbad's agreement with Naira Marley
Neo shared during the interview that he wasn't sure of the type of agreement Mohbad had with Naira. But it would almost certainly be one where the young singer would be assured of his music getting promoted and help make him a star.
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However, Phlames noted that he isn't sure if the deal was fair to Mohbad, which could be why he had to leave the label.
"We really don’t know what deal they both signed but I’m sure the agreement would be for Marlian Records to promote Mohbad, make him a star and of course get returns on investment."
Neo further said that:
"Anything could have transpired between them and cut short their relationship. Mohbad, before his death accused Naira Marley of assaulting him severally which he released videos to backup his claim. Naira on the other hand also debunked claiming Mohbad was a junkie."
"Mohbad suffered evil from that label" - Phlames
The celebrity journalist also talked about Mohbad getting assaulted by Naira and his clique when he demanded a better contract.
Neo said it was apparent Imole was bullied by his former label boss and was dehumanized.
"I think it was basically because of the assault. The boy obviously suffered in that evil caucus called a record label. Going by several videos circulating online, its safe to say his life wasn't safe in Marlian Music. He was assaulted and dehumanized even after leaving the label. The show of power on a helpless Mohbad was way too much. "
Marlian records releasing Mohbad's royalties to his family
Neo Phlames, during our conversation, noted that if Marlian record label wants to get on the good side of Nigerians, the best thing for it to do is to give Mohbad's royalties and entire music catalogue to his family.
"Since the artiste is no more, the family should be able to receive his share of royalties from the label. But the big question is; will Marlian Records release it to them without a legal battle?"
"License of Marlians Record label should be seized" - Phlames calls on the industry to act
"In my very honest opinion, that label is evil. It's license should be sized and the culprits be charged for human assault and dehumanization."
Video of Mohbad checking out his dream car goes viral
Meanwhile, Legit.ng published a viral clip of Imole at an auto dealership to check out his dream car days before his tragic death.
A clip of Imole at the car loft checking out a Range Rover Velar in different colours further stirred more emotions online.
The owner of the car dealership revealed that Mohbad told him he was coming to balance and pick up the car on Friday, September 15, 2023, only to die three days before the due date.