This is a special week in the young life of Ironik. The 20-year-old DJâ€™s new single, Stay With Me â€” a warning to his little sister about the perils of inner-city life â€” has entered the
charts at number 11 on downloads alone. What makes it all the more special is that his mother is there right by his side.
Ironik joins a long line of artists who have employed the services of a â€œmumagerâ€ - a mother-cum-manager. â€œThe benefits are that she will never try and rip me off,â€ Ironik says. â€œIt does cause a lot of arguments but, in the long run, itâ€™s good.â€ The streetwise DJ, who supported So Solid Crew at the age of 14, also told BBC Radio that when he has cross words with his mother, she calls him by his real name - James.
Ironik might well be advised to proceed with caution where his mumager is concerned. As with parents the world over, history suggests that they just never know when itâ€™s time to cut their kids some slack. Macaulay Culkinâ€™s relationship with his father became so strained â€” he was never, for example, allowed to read any of the scripts before being signed up for a film â€” that he went to court to â€œdivorceâ€ him LeAnn Rimes filed a lawsuit against her father and his partner over$7m in disputed earnings. Leticia Cyrus, the mother of US teen star Miley, was recently criticised for agreeing to her 15-year-old daughter taking part in a near-naked photo shoot for Vanity Fair. And Gabriela Irimiaâ€™s mother and manager writes the Cheeky Girlsâ€™ songs for her and her sister Monica, as well as acting as their official spokeswoman, which included confirming to the press in 2006 that her daughter was dating the British MP, Lembit Opik.
â€œShe is happy, but I do not say more,â€ she said, sounding more like a spin-doctor than a proud parent. However, if Ironik ever needs a lesson on how to tactfully relinquish the services of his mumager, he should look no further than his hero Usher. The R&B star recently told Vibe magazine how he broke the news: â€œI decided to not fire, not get rid of, but to give [her] the ultimate compliment - to retire her to be a full-time grandmother. My mother and I decided to change her situation, together. There was a conversation. I didnâ€™t write her a letter or pink slip her.â€