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AKA goes on 'Twitter rant' over Kendrick Lamar show

By Sowetanlive | 2014-02-10 12:53:36.0 | COMMENTS [ 39 ]

AKA born Kiernan Jordan Forbes left twitter socialites astonished by his bitterness over international acts getting what he termed ‘quality performances and special treatment’ than local artists.

Pulling a “Kanye West like” rant on the social network, Forbes complained that concert promoters always provide better sound equipment for international acts and expect local artists to use equipment which is “60% less adequate”.

The rapper who was not billed to perform at the concert went on to claim that local rappers performing at the MillerBoomtown were mistreated.

“Local artist were told if they walked on Kendrick's ramp he wouldn't perform...F*&ck. That s*&t,” he tweeted.

Miller Boomtown publicist Melanie Ramjee confirmed that AKA was not in the local act line up.

“It is not my duty to comment on AKA, but I can confirm to the public that AKA was not in the Miller Boomtown local line up for performing as an opening act,” she said.

The ‘Jealousy’ rapper further went on to announce that he was through with being an opening act for international artists.

"I've done them...Snoop, Yeezy, Neyo, Rick Ross, 2Chainz etc...THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO GAIN!," he wrote.

The rapper’s tweets created a conversation on Twitter with many criticizing the controversial star.

“Local acts don't have Sound Engineers, Mics, Effect Units & In-Ear monitors....They don't invest in their careers!!!”, @SkindeepSA  tweeted.

“This is exactly what I've been saying. If u're so frustrated, buy an expensive mixing board & pay a top notch team of engineers,” Vuzu presenter Dineo Moeketsi tweeted.

@MwaLeigh: "4 once I agree with him"@tG_IsBond: I actually agree with AKA. Y'all would never take a R100 to go to a local artist's concert"

@MarkR_21: "Don't agree with most of AKA's rants...but agree with this. I swear we're like the only country not to have concerts for our own artists"

@3000grams: "I agree with AKA. Read his TL, think about it & uzobon kuthi what he's saying is legit. But if u wanna laugh with the crowd then.. ayt."

This is not the first time Forbes has cried fowl over the treatment received by local stars at events.

Just last year he complained about 2Chainz getting better payment, quality sound and lights on stage than local acts.

“Why don't they pay local artists the same loot they pay international artists when they play/sing at the same gig, cause in Nigeria they do that,” he said.

He went on to state the sound & light quality is always ‘whack’ when they open yet when the international act performs everything becomes 3 times better.

AKA has since deleted the tweets but wrote this message on his twitter page this morning: “Only in SA can u get backlash for standing up for SA."

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Mshovekamnandi

They are faking american artists thats why

2014-02-10 13:05:27.0 | 0 replies

Mshovekamnandi

Ak , Khuli chana and Da les all those guys are not original at times they sound like american artists , They want to be popula like them . They call themselves niggers or Dudes american slang Bring back kwaito and forget about niggar this is SA not US

2014-02-10 13:07:38.0 | 1 replies

skomoro999

well said baba,most rappers like to imitate the American rappers.Khuli Chana is actually a photo copy of Kendrick Lamar so will we expect when u c the real guy perform.U r very right baba.

2014-02-10 14:44:58.0 | 0 replies

Seropesakwena

Tastes like sour grapes!!

2014-02-10 13:13:59.0 | 0 replies

imfene

I dont like this dude

2014-02-10 13:16:52.0 | 0 replies

TheRealMsKinks

concert promoters always provide better sound equipment for international acts and expect local artists to use equipment which is “60% less adequate”. “Local acts don't have Sound Engineers, Mics, Effect Units & In-Ear monitors....They don't invest in their careers!!!”, @SkindeepSA tweeted. “Why don't they pay local artists the same loot they pay international artists when they play/sing at the same gig, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> True but Mzansi artists should also be oringinal and respect their audience...... most people would rather listen to "This girl is on fire" than "Amaskumfete"

2014-02-10 13:16:52.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

Overseas artists normally bring their OWN sound and lighting with them. If you don't like the sound and lighting you are provided with, get your own too. As for the payment .... well when they pay to come and see you, then you can also take the larger cut of the proceeds. You are opening act to give yourself exposure and to promote yourself. If you don't want the local and international exposure then it is your problem.

2014-02-10 13:21:32.0 | 0 replies

kopa

AK...They're better that you, that's why they get the best, beside they normally bring their own sound and engineers. u need to save up bra... Stop being a cry baby.

2014-02-10 13:27:08.0 | 0 replies

Tabza325is

Local rapper are living in an illusion, first thier music doesn't sell, hell other rappers throughout African are selling millions of copies that this local cat ever will; and yet they expect to earn as much money as over seas cats. They themselves can't organise big concerts, a tipical rapper in SA has about 100 fans and they think they are on top of the world, they wait for over seas rappers to set the trend and they follow or imitate, AKA is just bitter because he aint sh1t compared to Kendrick and feels small compared to this cats.

2014-02-10 13:28:24.0 | 0 replies

associate

You are an opening act, people dont pay R700 to go see an opening act. Headline some show and demand the highest share, simple as that.

2014-02-10 13:29:59.0 | 0 replies

SOPHISTICATED

A.K.A are really comparing your self with KING kendrick??????...even JayZ respect that cat

2014-02-10 13:35:14.0 | 0 replies

nyonyobela

To an extend I concur with AKA, I think he has observed for a very long time how local artists are treated as compared to the international ones. Something has to change here. How many of our local rappers go and perform internationally? If you know some of them please shed some light. I wonder why all US rappers want to visit us here all the time, they must be getting paid a fortune for coming this side.

2014-02-10 13:37:00.0 | 1 replies

SOPHISTICATED

...yah but those cats their music sells

2014-02-10 13:44:29.0 | 0 replies
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