Professor Green tells his record label: 'Do your jobs properly'

Rapper hits out at EMI after delays to new single, and complains of paying 25% of earnings to label that won't work for him

Professor Green has opened fire on his record label, EMI, accusing them of bungling his career even as they collect a quarter of his earnings. "All I do is work, so I get extremely pissed off when people don't do theirs," he wrote. "A lot of artists feel the same but we all just bend over. Fuck that."

The British rapper's flurry of tweets come as he prepares to release Avalon, the fourth single from his At Your Inconvenience album. "Dignified silence is pointless," he said. "How would you feel if a company taking 25% of your earnings weren't doing their jobs properly? … A rushed second single, the Remedy video a month late and now similar problems with the Avalon video unfold … If everyone at EMI is quaking in their shoes about their jobs [because of the sale of the label], why not do your jobs properly?"

Both of Professor Green's albums were released by Virgin Records, a subsidiary of EMI, and both debuted in the UK top five. But only one of his past five singles – the smash Read All About It – has cracked the top 15. "Would you pay someone not doing their job?" Green wrote. "A live gig = 10% to agent, costs and expenses, 20% management commission then 25% to a label who hardly even come to gigs let alone help … That's the industry."

Despite the general tenor of his remarks, Green underlined that he still supports the label system. "We need labels," he wrote, "[and] labels need artists. [But] we all need to do our JOBS!" And even EMI has a "lot of people who are amazing at their jobs". He said of those people: "Even more frustrating is the shit they have to endure for having an artist's best interests at heart."


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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