Most artistes are always in charge of their song creation, from the recording of lyrics to the final input, the artiste is the executive producer of his work.
Moreso, we’ve witnessed artistes selling songs or co-writing songs for each other. Beyonce bought the smash hit “Irreplaceable” from Neyo, Rihanna got “Diamond” from Sia and the list is endless. In Nigeria though, a lot of artistes write their own song to avoid the stigma of being an artist who stole a song from another artist as this can really damage an artists credibility.
But there are artistes who have to rely entirely on the output of their ghostwriters and songwriters for them to make any meaningful music which DMW head honcho, Davido happens to be one of them.
Below are 5 scenarios where Davido has had to rely on his ghostwriters.
Davido‘s hit song with Runtown in 2014 ‘Aye’ screams Runtown even if Runtown denies writing the song, the producer used was one of Runtown’s favourites Tpize, allegedly the hit was written by Runtown.
2. FALL & FIA
DMW signed act, Peruzzi wrote Fia and Fall. The reports that went round was that Peruzzi was Davido’s Ghostwriter and Davido decided to make him an integral part of his record label and also give him recognition by signing him to the record label.
We all know the story behind this song. Apparently, while Dammy Krane was still languishing behind bars in the US, Davido bought the song “Pere” from Dammy Krane.
Dammy Krane had earlier recorded the song with Producer HOD and it was one of those songs in Dammy Krane’s archives but after signing on to DMW and also in a bid to pledge loyalty and stay relevant, he sold the song to Davido. The song received a mash-up from DJ Mustard and had HOD ranting on Twitter about his loss.
4. Gbagbe Oshi
Originally sang by General Pype and produced by Shizzi, Davido probably heard the song and fell in love with it. He reached out to Pype and offered to pay over a million Naira for the song.
Pype whose career has suffer a bit of recession decided to sell the song to Davido. Davido recorded the entire thing with his frog voice and made it the lead single of his 2016 EP, Son of Mercy.
Few weeks after Davido dropped the song, General Pype decided to release the original version thereby putting Davido into another mess.
5. Like Dat
Tenie theEntertainer reportedly wrote this one for Davido, a 2017 song, which Teniola raved about on Twitter posting that she wrote the song and appreciating Davido for giving her a shot to shine.