Today, 25th of October 2012, is Dagrin‘s (Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun) Birthday!

We at MrsHustle Magazine wish him Happy Posthumous Birthday!!!

Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, also known as Dagrin, was an award winning Nigerian rapper from Ogun, Nigeria. A film of his life entitled Ghetto Dreamz was released in April 2011.

Dagrin‘s home was in Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos. His style of rapping incorporated Yoruba, English and Pidgin English. In 2010 he was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single “Kondo”, 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, Bigiano and Konga. He associated with music producers like Sossick, Dr Frabz, Sheyman, and Frenzy.

He died at the age of 22 on 22 April 2010 after a vehicle accident in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dagrin‘s single “Pon Pon Pon” has some cultural significance, it talks about the life style in Lagos, Agege, Mushin, Ikeja, Surulere, Isale Eko, and many other parts of south western Nigeria where life in the slums mixes up with life in the affluent cities and parts of Lagos Nigeria. His songs touch upon ethnicity, pride, while surviving the streets of Lagos and a hint of criticism elderly people hurls against bad behaviour.

The music video proudly displays young people in their twenties and early thirties proudly displaying their tribal marks in retrospect of the old Yoruba empire of Ile-Ife.

Here’s the visuals to Dagrin’s first single off his Post-humous album, “If I Die”, produced by Frenzy, featuring Styles P of The LOX  aka SP the Ghost, Nasty J and Show Dem Camp (SDC).

The video was directed by Kemi Adetiba on location in Lagos and New York.

Watch out for Dagrin’s album which will be launching exclusively on the Spinlet platform.

Download “If I Die” HERE

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  1. Blade Da EnigmatiQ One

    Nicely worded.
    Da Grin sure left a mark tho..rappers still emulate him 2day #Real


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