Mo lenu bi pon pon pon, ani mo lenu bi pon pon pon
11 years after its release and the mere memory of this song is enough to get my heart racing again. From the really dope instrumentals to the resonating Yoruba rap lyrics, Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, aka, Dagrin, cemented himself in the hearts of Yoruba and non-Yoruba music lovers alike.
He stood out to be an “icon for the streets” and it might even be argued that it was a good portion of his influence, along with the likes of Reminisce et al, that might have paved the way for the newer set of artistes who came through with majorly Yoruba rap lyrics.
However, like a light that glowed too brightly and burned too quickly, Dagrin’s story was cut short precisely 10 years ago on the 22nd of April 2010, after he drove into a parked truck in Lagos, Nigeria.
C.E.O. (Chief Executive Omo’ta), as he named himself; his songs touched upon ethnicity and cultural pride even while surviving the streets of Lagos. And now, as he wished in his last song, “If I Die,” Dagrin will never be forgotten.