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7 years ago, the Nigerian music industry lost one of its finest Afro-hiphop assets- Dagrin – in a fatal car accident while he was on his way back from a late show in Mushin, Lagos State.
Although indigenous hip-hop had made it to the mainstream through the likes of Nigga Raw and Lord of Ajasa , Dagrin brought a whole new vibe to the game.
With classic hits like Ponponpon, Kondo and his unforgettable feature on General Pype’s Champion among others, Dagrin took Yoruba rap to another level: making it cool, appealing and more consumable to even non-Yoruba listeners.
Upon his death, many conspiracy theories surfaced with regards to him dying untimely saying that Dagrin had joined an occult fellowship to help him gain fame and fortune.
The rumors went as far as claiming that he had failed to offer up his mum for the renewal of his alleged occultic membership which led to his own life being taken instead.
Coincidentally, he had recorded a track titled “If I die” before he passed on which made the cult rumours spread further.
Well, even though him singing about his own demise was a bit spooky, it really would not be the first time a musician would do this. The likes of Lebo Mathosa, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Tupac, Biggie and more had made music and insinuations about their death before it happened.
Dagrin blessed the industry with a few projects including his CEO (Chief Executive Omoita) album which was splendidly received and applauded by Nigerians.
Though he may have left the scene too soon, Dagrin will continue to be remembered as one of the greatest acts to ever do it out of Nigeria.
Rest in Power Dagrin.