Nigeria lost one of her iconic indigenous rap artistes ,Dagrin on this day eleven years ago to the cold hands of death.
It was indeed a sad blow to the entertainment industry.Nonetheless,he left an indelible impact on the music scene,paving the way for many others to thrive.
Born Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun on the 21st of October 1987, he was a Nigerian rapper from Ogun, Nigeria.A film of his life entitled Ghetto Dreamz was released in April 2010.Dagrin’s home was in Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos.
His style of rap was an infusion of Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. In 2010, he was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single “Pon Pon Pon”, Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with vocals.His album C.E.O. (Chief Executive Omota English: Chief Executive Gangster) won the Hip hop World Award 2010 for best rap album.From it came the singles “Pon Pon Pon”, and “Kondo”.
Dagrin worked with other Nigerian artists such as Y.Q, 9ice, M.I, Iceberg Slim,Omobaba,Terry G, Ms Chief, Owen G, K01, code,Mistar Dollar, TMD Entertainment, Omawumi, Chudy K, Bigiano, and Konga. He associated with music producers like Sossick, Dr Frabz, Sheyman, Frenzy and 02.
He died at the age of 22 on the 22nd of April 2010 after an accident in Lagos
Years after, his legacies live on as many of his teeming fans still remember him for his dexterity and effortless delivery in Yoruba and English