Dagrin And His Legacy In Nigerian Rap Music


Dagrin And His Legacy In Nigerian Rap Music…
Dagrin whose real name is Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun is one of the best mcees to ever represent the rap music genre in the Nigerian Music Industry. If his time as a rapper wasnt cut short by the untimely hands of death, he would have been robbing shoulders with the likes of Reminisce, Olamide, and Phyno, in the list of legendary Nigerian rappers that raps in their indigenous language. His flows is compared to none as he command his yoruba Lyrics in a way that makes people that dont understand the Yoruba Language vibe to it like they do.


Dagrin was born in Ogun State on the 25th of October 1984. He grew up in Meiran Alagbado, Lagos State where he attended Meiran Community primary School and then progressed to Meiran Community High School and Egbado college, before embarking on a music carreer. Dagrins lyrics reflect his experiences on the streets of Meiran and its neighbourhood which everyone that is conversant with ghetto lifestyle can relate with.


He started doing music in 1994, released his first album ‘STILL ON THE MATTER’ On January 1st 2006 under Misofunyi Entertainment, featuring the controversial song ‘IF I DIE’ that relates how he wants to be remembered when he is gone. The album registered him as a rapper to look out for in the Nigerian Music industry as the song ‘RAPRULES ANTHEM’ was accepted well in the streets as a great rap song, but it didnt shoot him to the top. He got his first commercial success that saw him advance to the mainstream of the Nigerian Music industry when he released his 13 tracks album titled CEO ( Chief Executive Omoita ) on the 26th of January 2009, under Misofunyin Entertainment. The most popular songs on the album are ‘EVERYDAY’, ‘GHETTO DREAMZ’, ‘THANK GOD featuring Omawunmi, and the streets anthem that shot him to the top of the Nigerian music Industry ‘PON PON PON’. Till date, ‘PON PON PON’ still remain is most popular song.


On releasing the album, Dagrin became the most sought after musician in Nigeria as he started getting features and gigs from every corner. Before death cut his remarkable carreer short, he has gotten features from notable Nigerian artistes that were the hottest in his time like Ruggedman, Reminisce, 9Ice, MI Abaga, Terry G, Omawunmi, Dj Neptune, YQ, Iceberg Slim, Chuddy K, Bigiano, Dr Frabz, Sheyman, Konga, and his best friend and renown music producer Sossick.


Dagrin And His Legacy In Nigerian Rap Music…
Dagrin died on the 22nd of April 2010 from a ghastly car accident that occured on the 14th of April on which his car a Nissan Maxima 2008 model, colided with an heavy duty vehicle in front of Alakara Police Station, Agege Lagos. He was rushed to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital ( LUTH ) where he responded to treatment until the 22nd when he died at exactly 6 pm.


After his death, his song ‘IF I DIE’ trended. Many who were not aware that is was from his 2006 released album opinionated that Dagrin belonged to a secret cult that made him famous and gave him a life span that he exhausted in 2010. His fans that knew about the song had to come in and schooled them that Dagrin was only following the path of his mentor 2pac who also did songs about Like ‘I WONDER IF HEAVEN GAT A GHETTO’ that relates where he sees himself when he is gone. The song that many were already relating with Dagrin being a cultist, became the song that consoled his fans and encouraged them to celebrate his departure.


His funeral was followed nationwide as his fans in different part of Nigeria keyed into the one week funeral organised for him by his family. Every social media profile update on the various social media platforms in Nigeria was about Dagrin. A candle light night was organised in his honour at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos, to proceed the funeral activities. The stadium was filled to brim with fans wearing black all holding candles as they play his songs and recite the lines they remember. Other activities including an Industry Night were organised as part of the funeral by his colleagues in the industry. On one of such activities, they raise money which was sent to his family.


A tribute song titled ‘MY PAIN’ produced by Sheyman, was done for him by his colleagues in the industry. The song featured Ruggedman, Omawunmi, Banky W, Reminise, Durella, El Dee, Jahbless, Lord of Ajasa, Dude Tetsola, Waje, Bigiano, Kel, AY.Com and Jaywon. On the 30th of April, his body was escorted by a crowd from the morgue of Lagos State Teaching Hospital on the Atan Cemetary Yaba, Lagos, where he was laid to rest at Ebony Private Vault.


His album CEO won best rap album at the Hip Hop World Awards 2010 ( now known as Headies Award ). Every 22nd of April, his fans worldwide celebrate his legacy as a Legend of Nigerian Rap Music. A movie about his life titled from the 1st song of his CEO Album ‘GHETTO DREAMS’ was released in April 2011. It starred Trybson Dudukoko as Dagrin and Doris Simeon as his girlfriend.


Dagrin And His Legacy In Nigerian Rap Music…
Rest in paradise DAGRIN, you will forever remain in our hearts as a LEGEND.
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