9ice, Tee Blaq, Olamide, Reminisce Headline Industry Nite DaGrin’s 5th Year Memorial Party
In an effort to remember the former CEO of Misofunyin Entertainment, his cousin, Arewa Oluwatosin Olanipekun aka Tee Blaq and Eldar Records are pulling the stops to celebrate the legacy of the iconic Hip-hop star. The late rapper’s father would join in leading a handful of Nigerian artistes and industry stakeholders that affiliated with DaGrin while he lived to the long hour event.
“Five years on, and my cousin’s impact in the industry is still being felt. There has been a floodgate of artistes, who have openly confessed to being influenced by DaGrin, and it is time to immortalise and remember his legacy,” Tee Blaq said.
CEO Eldar Records, Taofeek Olokodana said, “DaGrin’s death is still as painful as when it happened five years ago. We are hoping to see beyond death and pain while we celebrate his legacy, his ever green music and gain in artistes he has influenced including, Tee Blaq, who grew up with him.”
Tee Blaq was a frequent collaborator with the late DaGrin and collaborated with him on tracks like Oti Yapa and Press Rewind before he scored the sleeper break-out street anthem with Robo and several other hits including Getting Money, Ogbeni featuring Reminisce, Garawa, Formula A, Olamide-assisted Nicki Minaj and the latest Vasa Shii.
DaGrin died on Thursday, April 22, 2010, exactly eight days after he was involved in a ghastly accident in front of the Alakara Police station in Mushin, Lagos. Years after, his death has inspired a whole lot of rappers to hit the studio spitting in Yoruba language.
Former Coded Tunes rapper, Lord of Ajasa, noted that the late DaGrin didn’t pioneer Yoruba indigenous rap, rather he made it popular, adding that this made the likes of Olamide, Reminisce, BaseOne, Tipsy, Jyhbo, Seriki spring up, as they were obviously inspired by the general himself, Barack O’Grin.
According to a press statement by the organisers, Olamide, 9ice, Reminisce, TeeBlaq, Seriki, Lord of Ajasa, YQ, Sossick, WondaBoy, BaseOne, JahBless, PoslyTD, Chinko Ekun, and CDQ along with industry heavyweights and fans would be paying respect to the hip-hop act on the night in a memorial concert. The all-black event would be hosted by Jimmie, while DJ Spinall would be on the turntable.
The event would hold at Spice Route, Victoria Island Lagos, venue of the Industry Nite, a weekly gig put together by El Carnaval, YSG Hubs, and Smirnoff on Wednesdays, with support from The Beat FM and Pulse.ng, and showcasing the brightest entertainers in the Nigeria music industry