Rapper Sarkodie has explained that he can never disrespect veteran sound engineer Zapp Mallet.

According to him, an invite he posted on Twitter pairing the celebrated sound engineer with other producers was not meant to disrespect him.

Renowned producers Appietus and Jay Q took to social media last week Wednesday in a live session to celebrate their works from the past.

Dubbed #BehindTheHitz, the trend triggered a social media buzz which saw rapper Sarkodie invite Zapp Mallet, Jay Q, Appietus, Kaywa, Hammer, and MoG to join the challenge.

On Thursday, revered sound engineer Zapp Mallet took a swipe at Sarkodie for pairing him with producers he deemed as not his co-equal.

“There is something called respect which is lacking in Ghana today. For instance, you don’t compare somebody who was churning out hits before you made Kindergarten with your mate who just started a couple of years back. Show some respect, You will also get there,” a very unhappy Zapp Mallet, Emmanuel Mallet, tweeted.

Reacting to the issue for the first time in an exclusive interview with MzGee on TV3 New Day, Sarkodie said he spoke to Zapp Mallet before posting the tweet.

“I take respect very serious so I hit up uncle Zapp before putting up the information and he didn’t seem like he had anything against it but he also had his stance to state what he feels…,” he said.

The ‘Adonai’ hit rapper, who was speaking from New Jersey in the States via Skype, explained that even though he had people he wanted to pair; the pairing was “really not my decision”.

According to him, he spoke to the various producers who suggested the pairing.

“I can’t be disappointed in a legend [Zapp Mallet] like that. It was a bit confusing but I didn’t know it was me or somebody was saying something to him that made him tweet that,” but he will be engaging the veteran producer on the issue.

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