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Leeds rapper devastated as label makes him ‘give’ his song as he warns young singers

A man from Leeds took to Twitter to market his own music after an American label he hoped would give him a big chance asked him to cede his song to a more prominent artist within their stable.

Edson Masunda, 36, known in music circles as Flint Bedrock, first released his song “Dreamer” in 2011 before remastering and reissuing it in 2015.

After the song was picked up by MAX FM 107.3, an Australian radio station, Flint claims he was approached by an American record company.

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“I was approached by a boutique label published under an American label (name provided). Turns out they wanted me to give up the rights to the song so they could rework it and give it to a more established artist to record and play, ”he said.

Flint said LeedsLive that he was devastated by the demands and felt that he was being asked to give up his hard work and dreams because he was not popular.

“They told me I couldn’t do it. That in this industry talent is not enough, and even money is not enough sometimes. They just wanted me to give it away with the promise that if I was on their side I might one day have a song to perform myself, ”he said.

“I was a little broken, but I became extremely determined to prove them wrong. How I was raised, I wasn’t going to give up.

Flint Bedrock at the Chairworks Recording Studio in Castleford.

“My mother had me when she was only 15. In her mid teens, she found herself having to look after a baby and making tough decisions that no one else. his age should never have taken. “

Flint, a man born in Zimbabwe, first arrived in England in 2003 at the age of 17. He was completely alone and lived in the capital until he ventured north and settled in Leeds.

“I was only 17 years old. I lived in London until I moved to the North. It was a scary and difficult time, having no family here.

He moved to Leeds in 2005 where he began to procrastinate with the idea of ​​pursuing a career in music.

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“I moved to West Yorkshire in 2005 where I would continue my studies and start my music career. I used some of my scholarship money to buy a modest home studio setup. It would give me the time and flexibility to create music on my own terms. “, did he declare.

It was this commitment to his “own terms” that prompted Flint to reject the ghostwriting offer. He took to social media to promote his work.

Beyoncé’s chart-topping, double-platinum record “If I were a boy” was written by Brittany Jean Carlson.

Flint Bedrock while filming a music video for
Flint Bedrock while filming a music video for “Freedom (Fight For It)” in London

But it’s rare for labels to ask artists to ‘unpublish’ a song and relinquish all rights to the song, and that’s the source of Flint’s pain and he tells young artists to come from Yorkshire. to avoid any similar agreement.

“Being a freelance artist gives you the freedom to create. You don’t have stressful goals and, more importantly, you are in control of your brand, your music, and who you work with.

“The right opportunity will come for you. I have seen countless careers destroyed, artists driven to despair and misery because of being scammed and making false promises.”

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