LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 05: Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds attends the 65th GRAMMY Awards on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Babyface is opening up about the shady recording contract Toni Braxton had with his old record label LaFace and revealing the “awkward position” he was put in at the time.
That’s when Braxton filed a lawsuit against the label after failed contract negotiations where she demanded out of her contract. LaFace filed a countersuit citing breach of contract which forced Braxton into filing bankruptcy in 1988.
“I didn’t like the games that would come with being on the executive side where artists could be hurt,” Edmonds said of the situation.
“There were decisions made that weren’t in the artists’ favor.”
It was Edmonds’ testimony that helped Braxton reach an undisclosed settlement with LaFace and resuming work with the label as an artist.
“I was put in an awkward position,” Babyface said. “The judge said, ‘I don’t want to ask you as a label, I want to ask you as an artist. Is Toni Braxton’s deal fair?’”
Edmonds recalled admitting how unfair the deal was adding, “If I sold the records that she sold, no question, it wasn’t fair.”
“The whole idea was to help artists. When you get in the business of making records, there are things you won’t be able to do,” Edmonds said.
“You choose one side. I chose to be on the creative side. People get hurt and taken advantage of. I’m not that dude.”
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Source: Black Enterprise