June 18, 2022

How Ice Prince Took Nigerian Hip-Hop Mainstream with “Everybody Loves Ice Prince” debut album

How Ice Prince Took Nigerian Hip-Hop Mainstream with “Everybody Loves Ice Prince” debut album

In 2011, coming off a mega-hit single “Oleku,” Panshak “Ice Prince” Zamani released his debut album “Everybody Loves Ice Prince,” further taking Nigerian Hip-Hop into the mainstream.

Everybody Loves Ice Prince is a star-studded body of work featuring musical heavyweights Wizkid, 2Baba, M.I Abaga, Jesse Jagz, and Samklef, with production primarily from Jesse Jagz.

The impact of this album remains unparalleled; if M.I Abaga had started to make Hip-Hop in Nigeria more relatable, it was Ice’s mission to make it more socially acceptable. The simple lyrics, often delivered in English and Pidgin English without any forcible “western accent,” pulled many Nigerians to his music.

Everybody Loves Prince is made for a wider audience; It is believable because it’s much more honest than most Hip-Hop albums released in the past two decades.

Rightfully described by Jesse Jagz a year before the album dropped, “M.I was the lightning, I am the thunder, and Ice Prince is the rain.”

For more info on the album, listen to the episode here.