Ten years after DaGrin’s disappearance, Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, rapper MI Abaga praised the late rapper. He went to social media to share stories of him and Dagrin in celebration of the rapper’s 10 years of death.
MI in a series of tweets on Wednesday shared his experience with Dagrin and how much the rapper inspired his second album ‘MI2’.
The ex-rapper and head of Chocolate City narrated how Dagrin’s lyrics inspired him to make his second studio album. He said that the wide acceptance of Dagrin’s album “CEO” made him draw a guide to this body of work.
He talked about how he would perform at the Sound Sultan holiday party in Satellite Town and was impressed by Dagrin’s performance of his unreleased hit, “Pon Pon”.
The ‘Chairman’ singer admitted he was a little intimidated by Dagrin’s talent and energy.
“In 2008 I was talking to @elbama about some artists for whom he was A & Ring (YQ and LaLa) and he played me a song by LaLa that had a rap verse. I remember playing that record for a friend of mine, Sola. .. and she continued to laugh during the verses.
“Each line and she paused. They laughed and tried to explain what he was saying. I was impressed. I mean, who writes verses so good that all lines are quotable.
“That December, Sound Sultan asked me to perform at his satellite town’s holiday party, and I remember sitting behind the stage, watching Dagrin make an unreleased PonPon. I was blown away.
“When PonPon dropped it shook the streets and airways 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 play our record 123 and I remember that DaGrin came to my studio in Palmgrove to record .. simple guy .. talented .. we played and laughed all the time .. we talked about commercial collaborations and he jumped on a bike and went 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.
“At Christmas 2009, he was becoming the biggest rapper in the country. At all shows. I remember him showing up to the oil company party at the end of the year in a bulletproof vest. 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 was in an accident. Damn.. the country actually stopped..
“I don’t know if you guys remember.. but LUTH was packed everyday till he passed.. 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”