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Chocolate City is a Nigerian record label founded in 2005 by lawyer AuduMaikori along with Paul Okeugo and Yahaya Maikori. Generally regarded as one of the biggest and most successful urban record labels in Africa, Chocolate City Music operates as a subsidiary of Chocolate City Group, one of the biggest entertainment conglomerates in Africa. Other arms of the group are Chocolate City Distribution, Chocolate City Events and Chocolate City Media.
The label is home to recording artists such as M.I, Femi Kuti, Ice Prince, DJ Caise, Pryse, Nosa, Jesse Jagz, Victoria Kimani, Dice Ailes, Koker, Ruby Gyang, DJ Lambo, Loose Kaynon, Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari, Qritiqal.Artists formerly signed to the label include Jeremiah Gyang, Brymo and Jesse Jagz.Chocolate City Music has also worked on the careers of artistes such as Djinee and Asa. In 2012, business mogul and philanthropist Hakeem Bello-Osagie joined the board of Chocolate City Group as its Chairman. In 2015 artist M.I became chocolate city’s president which saw the return of his brother Jesse Jagz
In 2012, Things started going the wrong way as JESSE JAGS left the label with a complain about the label not taking care of his career to start up his own label he called ‘Jags nation’ though he’s back to the label Now after much intervention by the label and her president M.I
In 2013, BRYMO left chocolate city also saying he was used, cheated and how his freedom was trapped.
So many people has asked, “Why do Artistes fluctuate from a label as big as Chocolate City?”. Chocolate City has failed to make Artistes signed under her popular to the citizens of Nigeria which is their base or should I say they are way to Foreign?, A lot of Nigerians barely know artistes signed to Chocolate City , the only artistes which chocolate City was able to bury in the minds of Nigerians were just M.I , Ice prince, Jesse jags and Brymo. It wasn’t too long Victoria Kimani was added to the list , chocolate City made signed artistes so unpopular with the label. The likes of Kahli Abdu, Femi Kuti, loosekaynon, VHS Safari, Qritiqal etc. Chocolate City has not been so successful, people term chocolate City big for nothing, yes they are really big For nothing as they can’t be compared to DON JAZZY‘s Mavin Records or even OLAMIDE’s Ybnl
Earlier this year ,MILLI exited chocolate City as he got fed up with the terms and conditions of the label
Right after Milli’s departure, ICE PRINCE the Chocolate City vice president left the label for his new label ‘Super cool cats’ saying his contract with Chocolate City expired two years ago but decided to stand out this year 2016 because of the post he held in chocolate city.
On 4th October 2016, an unpopular act of chocolate City ‘Pryse‘ joined the exit for her music label called I.C.O.N music
This is Nowhere making a good impression about Chocolate City, when people get to know an artiste who is signed to chocolate City only when he or she exits the label. Who’s next to leave Chocolate City? What’s the fate of other artistes who are still in the label?, What is the president doing?, M.I the chocolate City president isn’t helping matters, M.I is probably all about himself, I think he contributed to Whatever plight the label is facing today, Everybody is just leaving, leaving, leaving, Who is staying back? Who is going to be heard?, who is the next big thing from chocolate city? , with the way things are today u can predict no artiste is coming up real big in years to come, Chocolate City has failed.