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Ice Prince Is Not Just A Rapper | Trash Can EP Review

Posted by Jim Donnett on February 23, 2015 in Album reviews · 29 Comments


Is he a rapper?

Or perhaps a singer?

It’s a little too difficult deciding which Ice Prince loves to do more. Yes, Ice takes his art very personally, which kind of explains why we can’t exactly place a finger on what it is. I don’t think it’s ours to decide anyway. It’s his to define, and for time now, he has. Although Ice doesn’t have a typical baritone or tenor that would stop you right in your tracks but the vocal effort he expends should be lauded due to their audible nature and articulate presentation. Ice has continued to deal an unusual self-styled take on music and rap by singing and spitting on bars intermittently. Like you probably guessed right, it wasn’t any different with his recently released EP titled Trash Can.

City Monstar’s production on Confess is squeaky clean and void of an auditory stain. As the EP’s lead track, it works up an appetite for more to be expected. At time stamp 3:08, you can’t dismiss the feeling of a Vector spoiler when Ice says “fuck you king kong”. That left me wondering too.

Marry You is the most tuneful track that got Mr Zamani doing a great deal of singing. He just had to really get into it especially as Suka’s locally built instrumentals with a text coat of contemporary sounds were quite the enchantment.

Sounding an awful lot like a sequel to N-Word, Nobody serves a self-aggrandizing and unapologetic message about a myriad of things that no one truly gives a f**k about. This careless rant is perhaps premised on some peoples’ thoughts and notions on his rap persona just because he’s chosen to not sound like a regular rapper. By nobody, he means he don’ gih a f**k!

Mutumina samples a revamped Northern sound spun off graduated scales. There’s a clear absence (or shall I call it loss) of words for almost a whole minute. Instrumentals playing and background adlibs calling out nothing other than ‘kasa kasa’ and ‘yowa’. Then there’s that “dis no be ewa and dodo” line that reminds us why not everybody loves Ice Prince. More of the lines were delivered in his local dialect and further exposed a defect in his indigenous rap ability. Mutumina, I think means friends and is supposed to be a tribute to them, so I’m guessing they’re in a better position to appreciate it.

Elegushi paints a typical scenario of the popular chill spot in Lagos. Because it’s contents are very relatable especially on the girls and booze context, almost everyone would come to love the jam. I’m not sure if there’s anything to be said about Joules Da Kid feature ‘cos boy, it was forgettable. Yes, that’s what it was.

Mr Zamani plays smooth criminal with One Day, the EP closer that makes you forget… no, overlook all the blips you noted on other tracks in the course of listening. He seized the opportunity to holler at some of his goons while sending out a strong message of hope and belief amidst rich chords and a soulful orchestra.

Trash Can EP is a compilation of memorable compositions, a variety of melodies, harmonies and a musical arrangement that leaves you wondering why they should be thrown out. If anything, Ice Prince deserves an ‘A’ for appreciated effort.

Reviewed by Jim Donnett

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  1. Fuck you tooxclusive y’all re racist nd cruel when Olamide dropped Street Ot y’all said twas whack cus d album had *too much singing* dat he rapped on just ’bout 2 songs fuck ur kinda reviews nd just leave us wit our local rappers we like nd live’ em fuck ice he’s too pompous King-Baddo is humble and even if he sings too much we’ll dance so y’all shuld just shut the hell up!

  2. Please stop sucking Ice Prince’s ballz. This wld not even pass for a D. Please give me a reason to think otherwise

  3. ice prince should just save his career by not dissing d rap lord in naija “vector”

  4. God punish u nd u family jimmy

  5. Foolish donnett sentiment will destroy ur miserable life

  6. I’m highly disappointed with Ur review Sire.. Trash Can Ep iz Indeed Trash.. Itz a 2/6 Mutumina nd Marry You.. Dats All.. Only Jah knws the kinna Ears for music u have..

  7. I need iceprince in my track, and u people will like it. i am menseler.

    • olamide is still d boss only because peple still jelous him omo like that guy e mi bio-young sneh alaye badoo sneh but y dis guy used his mother language i beg no stop am**olamide still d boss

  8. pls frnds use ur money for Important something dis MTN is not real MTN dem re 419 don’t do anything for ur own information thank u

  9. OLAMIDE is a fuji singer not a Rapper, he should continue singing for Yoruba

  10. if you give an A to this,then olamide'”s album shoud get not against any musician singing,Drake sings too,so is kanye but when you go out of the way by singing in every damn song then you are trash..used to like kanye west cos he rapped but see where singing has landed him..
    same was to olamide..wen YBNL came out,this guy was my fav. artists.sang but rapped even though i dnt undstand yoruba..but his flows hooked me and he was the main reason i dropped american tune for naija…now before i listen to any of his song,i know how he will sound,poor ryhmes,same beat pattern,no versatility..vector has gone same way with that nonsense called KING KONG..
    reason i think Phyno is the best in Nigeria is cos of his versatility..what he did in YAYO leaves me in no doubt,hes the best for now and has no competition with this artists who sings and call it rap

  11. Ion gon say much on dis #Trashcan is truly Trash, I heard u mention… That’s a No-Go area Bro. VEC is a KING … Shit trashcan Nowher close to #A7 #FACT

  12. @blaq….fuck wateva u say abt OLAMIDE….blaq u ar a pussy

  13. d ranting by sm pple here are uncalled for.Jimmy gav his opinion yet u guys rain abuses on him..dats bad i’d sa

  14. Ice prince


  16. You all have ur personal tribal sentiment on every tyn dat ice prince does…but i gat one advice for u all,is either u reason like a one nigeria or you die slowly ko mutumina

  17. You all have ur personal tribal sentiment on every tyn dat ice prince does…but i gat one advice for u all,is either u reason like a one nigeria or you die slowly ko mutumina

  18. Y’all could go to hell for all i care……itz so easy for lifeless haterz lyk y’all comment trash……He sings too much,he that too much….dunno why on earth you gon compare olamide to ice prince,,,,,i gat no hate for olamide itz all love for all naija artist…..Are you the ones paying their bills y’all just open ur trash and say nonsense…..get a life, he sings or he raps hex making hex cool cash…….#Do you own lets see

  19. D real fact is dah icy iz jst a genuius…nt all cn sing nd alxo rap at d xam tym…plz jst help me gv a shoutout 2 him…

    • olamide shud go n seat down is always jonsing in his music…what is baddo neh…is bringin stupid slans dat him n his yorubas fools can dance to… his not versatile rather his just trying his lucks””stupid….nehhhhhhhhhh….looool

  20. Fuck lyrice

  21. ice prince is d baddest rapper ever known in naija

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