Terry G had an interesting weekend. The rapper had a performance at a comedy event, where he had a bad day on stage, and instead of handling it the right way, took time out to slap the DJ of the show, DJ Phriz, and scampered off the stage to a huge outrage.
The rest went like history. DJ Phriz is DJ Jimmy Jatt’s protégé, who was covering for the legendary disc jockey. His appearance at the show was under contract with the organizer, and according to later reports, the DJ acted on orders from his paymasters to cut off Terry G, and enable the show to continue in a timely fashion.
In the fallout from the slap, DJ Jimmy Jatt shared in the anguish. A slap on his protégé is a slap on his person, and he went public with his discontent.
“I think it was a reaction of an unruly artiste,” Jimmy Jatt told NET. “The DJ has been coordinating the performances without issues. Terry G wasn’t even billed to perform. He called the organiser and begged to perform then they gave him a time frame and he used more than his time. The organisers used their voice-over guy to call him from the backstage that his time was over and he said if he hears the voice he’ll cause trouble. Then he went on to perform about three more songs. He was messing up and people were leaving while he was performing. The organisers were losing crowd and they went to tell the DJ to stop playing his songs so Terry G can get off the stage.
“But he didn’t leave the stage – he continued performing and making music with his bell and he wasn’t leaving still, so they went back to the DJ and told him to play another artiste’s song, and my boy obliged.
“All of a sudden, Terry G walked straight to the DJ and gave him the most dazzling of slaps, the boy was dazed. Then he left the venue immediately because I went back stage immediately to try and talk to him. I was pissed and was going to shut down the performance for the night but I thought of it again because it wasn’t the organisers fault“.
When asked if he’ll press charges against Terry G, he said, “I personally will request a public apology from him just so we have a gentleman’s agreement, because I feel I was the one slapped. Apart from that, if it wasn’t my boy involved and an artiste slaps a DJ in my presence, I’ll stand up for the DJ’”.
Terry G’s songs have been banned by the Association of Nigerian DJs, effectively kicking his songs off radio, parties and virtually every other controlled music. The rapper has since tendered his apology, and efforts are on to have a personal meeting with Terry G to sort things out.
Terry G and DJ Jimmy Jatt have been in the industry for a long time, and a feud between both parties will not provide winners. DJ Jimmy Jatt holds power, being the role model for every Nigerian DJ in the game. The man has over two decades of experience, and led the fight to make the profession respectable and profitable. He achieved that.
For the most part, the internet has dismantled all the gatekeepers of the Nigerian music scene. Power as an end in itself, is no longer a thing. But not all organizations can fall to the blitzkrieg of worldwide web. DJs are an integral part of our music consumption, and they man the gates of many levels of promotion. The artistes understand this, hence DJs are treated with the utmost of respect all over the country. No artiste can go against DJs and still expect to be relevant via music.
Terry G’s case further showed the level of influence the disc jockeys hold, and strengthens their collective position in the game.