For those who do not know him, Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, popularly known as Dagrin, was a wave making Nigerian rapper from Ogun State who rapped fluently in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English.
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 in 2010.
His album “C.E.O”- (Chief executive Omota won the Hip hop World Award 2010 for best rap album. Dagrin was famous for his crowd pulling songs and ghetto anthems such as ”Pon Pon Pon”, and “Kondo”.
During his lifetime, Dagrin worked with the likes of Y.Q, 9ice, M.I, Iceberg Slim, Sossick, Dr Frabz, Sheyman, and Frenzy.
He died on April 22nd, 2010.
Dagrin was an influence to the upcoming music artistes in Nigeria and was a trailblazer in the genre of Yoruba rap.
Some might argue that the death of Dagrin allowed the likes of Olamide who preaches the gospel of Yoruba rap, to blossom and gain ground.
Before his death, he had metamorphosed into somewhat of an idol to most Yoruba youths especially those who identified with his pain and struggle.
It has been seven years since he died but his music and memory remains evergreen.
He is remembered by many, both young and old and his music and passion will forever be etched in our hearts.
Dagrin Akogun, sun ree ooo.
Watch Dagrin – Pon Pon Pon video below.