Zambian rapper ,Bobby East, who recently released his long awaited album Vanilla, took to social media to express his dismay in a cancelled performance that was allegedly due to his past criminal record and sex tape scandal.
The following is what he posted on social media.
“I would like to talk about something that has been heavy on my mind and spirit the last couple of days.This will be my first thread so please bear with me….”
“For legal reasons I wont be able to address the organizations involved by name but I will give a few clues where I can….”
“This all started a few weeks ago when a contact from an events company I have worked with before called me to enquire about my availability to perform at a end of year party for an unnamed corporation…”
“The date in question was a busy one as a lot of companies were planning similar events and as logic would dictate,I told my contact I would perform for the highest bidder.After a quick negotiation we arrived at what I consider a good offer and I agreed to do the show..”
“We did the usual business process of quotations and invoices.Everything seemed to going along smoothly the team and I even started rehearsals…..”
“Until barely a day before the event I got a call from my contact and the first question he asked was “Do you by any chance have any beef with *Name of Bank withheld but it’s one of the biggest in the country*”
“Naturally,I’m stunned.How can I a young rapper from Chunga have issues with a large multinational corporation??it makes no sense and I tell him as much….”
“He tells me the client has backtracked and doesnt me to do their event anymore..
“But my rehearsals and I gave up other shows”I tell him.
“They will pay you in full”he replies, “They just dont want you there”
“I tell him the money isnt important but for my own peace of mind I would like to know why this was happening (even though at this point I had a feeling) I just wanted them to admit it..”
“After a few hours he gets back to me says “Well they had issues with your criminal past and sextape scandal”and even though it’s the answer I was expecting I’m still sadden by it.”
“After all this time,all my hard work every hurdle and obstacle I have had to overcome it still comes down this..I’M THE SEXTAPE GUY”
“I just want to say to the person responsible for this decision,I have an account with you bank in fact I have had it for years and I wont be closing it.You see I will not let this action define who and what you are.”
“I hold no grudges or ill feelings just a deep concern for my work going forward.You might think sextape when you hear my name but if you met me you would see I’m much more.I’m resilient and defiant,I have paid for my mistakes before God and the law.”
“A lot of your clients and employees enjoy my music and I would like to believe a majority of them are over my past mistakes and it is my sincere hope that we can work together in the future… *END*