In Life there is time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to cry. Barack O’Grin (DaGrin) is no more but his Legacy lives forever.
Ten years after the death of Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, popularly known as Dagrin, rapper MI Abaga has eulogised the late rapper. He took to social media to share stories of himself and Dagrin to mark the 10th anniversary of the rapper’s death.
He narrated how Dagrin’s lyrics, and the wide acceptance of the late rapper’s Chief Executive Omoita (CEO) album, inspired him towards making the album.
One of the stories MI shared about his experience with Dagrin took place in Satellite Town in Lagos. He was there to perform in Sound Sultan‘s end of the year party and ended up being blown away by Dagrin’s performance of his then-unreleased hit song, “Pon Pon”.
The ‘Chairman’ singer admitted that he was a little intimidated by Dagrin’s talent and energy.
He wrote, “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.
“Every single line and she would pause it, laugh and try to explain what he was saying. I was blown away. I mean who writes verses so good that every line is quotable.
“That December Sound Sultan asked me to perform at his Satellite Town end of year party and I remember sitting behind stage watching Dagrin perform a yet unreleased PonPon. I was blown away. This guy was the truth he was going to eclipse every rapper in the game.
“When PonPon dropped, it shook the streets and airwaves in a way nothing had since Eedris and nothing did again till Baddoo. The energy, the flow, the power in his voice. This was HIPHOP!!!!! I knew I was a fan an even a little intimidated by the brilliance of this guy.
“DJ Neptune asked me to reproduce our 123 record and I remember DaGrin came to my room studio in Palmgrove to record. Simple guy. Talented. We gist and laughed the whole time, spoke about trading collaborations and he hopped on a bike and was headed home.
“A few months later his album dropped.. without the CEO album, there is no MI2. I was chasing the template he set. Something so powerful but so easy for the everyday fan to relate to. The epiphany came one day sitting in Obanikoro and watching a street dude rap every lyric of his.
“By 2009 Christmas he was becoming the biggest rapper in the country… on every show… I remember him showing up to an end of year oil company party with a bulletproof vest on. His energy consumed the hall that day.
“I saw him a few days before his accident… played a charity football game together… dapped it up… and everyone went home… I remember I was headed into Benin for a gig when I heard on radio… Dagrin had an accident. Damn. The country actually stopped.
“I don’t know if you guys remember. But LUTH was packed every day till he passed away… it spoke to the impact of his talent… his story… his charisma… and his person.. one of the greatest rappers ever in my book… DaGrin the CEO. 10 years gone but never forgotten!!! RIP”