Today makes it the 10th year since the passing of prolific indigenous rapper Dagrin and the Nigerian entertainment industry as well as Nigerians have taken to social media to shower the late rapper respect and reminisce on his life. Born Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, Dagrin was named the rapper that paved the way for indigenous rappers in the Nigerian music industry.
Dagrin was accosted with fueling the direction of the indigenous Yoruba language used as rap. For many Dagrin was the force of indigenous rap. He was famed for hit tracks like “Pon Pon Pon,” “Kondo,” “Thank God,” released only one album at the peak of his career and had two albums released after his demise in 2011 and 2016 respectively.
Sadly, he lost his life at the age of 25 on the 22nd of April 2010 after a vehicle accident in Lagos, Nigeria. Ten years after, Nigerians are still deeply touched by his death and they have taken to social media to pay tribute. The hip-hop prodigy held more for the scene as the comments and eulogies praised his potential and celebrated the touch he had on the Nigerian music game.
See the tweet below;
A Dagrin thread.
In 2008 I was in a conversation with @elbama about some artists he was A&Ring for (YQ and LaLa) and he played me a LaLa song that had a rap verse in it.. I remember playing that record for a friend of mine Sola.. and she just kept laughing during the verses
— Yung denzL (@MI_Abaga) April 22, 2020
"How do you convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals" – Da Grin, Chief Executive Omoota(CEO)
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) April 22, 2020
His name is Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun
He was born on 25th of October 1984
He had a dream but was cut short by death.
22nd of April 10yrs ago, death took him!
— Your neighbor 😌 (@habsonfloww) April 22, 2020
— JayNaija (Blogger) (@JayNaija) April 22, 2020
— side boyfriend 🤑🤓 (@abduljoe11) April 22, 2020
On the 22nd of April, we lost a Pacesetter who delivered back to back hits.
I know there are stories surrounding his music and death, and you can choose to believe unconfirmed rumors.
— Majek Fashek (@ij_kush) April 22, 2020
“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”
— The Comforter (@9gel009) April 22, 2020