Will the Real Mr. Easy Please Stand Up?
Entertainer Mr. Easy has afforded the world with his melodic brand of Reggae and Dancehall music for over 30 years. Rising to fame in the 90s amongst an uber talented cohort of Brooklyn, New York based Dancehall acts, the Kingston, Jamaica native, won over scores of fans with an expansive music catalogue.
Mr. Easy’s music and style helped define Dancehall’s vibrant sound in the 1990’s, 2000’s (The Golden Era) and beyond. Mr. Easy continues to employ his signature, hit formula sound to this day. Currently enjoying the success of his “Friends Fi Life” song with De Alpha, amassing worldwide support amongst radio, DJs and fans, the top act finds himself at a career crossroads of taking back his name.
While it’s flattering to inspire other artists or impact their style and sound, being robbed of your name is no fun and frankly a major career impediment. Bearing the name Mr. Easy since age 16, it’s peculiar and professionally and financially damaging to have another artist steal your name. Yes, “steal”! Afrobeats act Mr. Eazi has stolen his name from Reggae and Dancehall legend Mr. Easy, unapologetically.
Many people believe that one can’t own a name per se. However, an artist can trademark their name. To protect his lifelong career, investments, brand, etc., Mr. Easy trademarked both the “Mr. Easy” and “Mr. Eazi” names some time ago. To add insult to injury, perhaps the most daunting aspect of this whole ordeal — often when one searches Mr. Easy in various search engines and social media platforms, the imposter’s accounts and credentials either appear or are suggested.