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BRING BACK OUR ICE PRINCE

Posted by Jim Donnett on October 1, 2016 in Editorial · 40 Comments


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Apparently the hype around the Bring Back Our Girls movement is regaining momentum after the buzz around it seemed to have died down for a bit. However, in my opinion, it’s not just the two-hundred-plus girls from Chibok community that are missing, there’s someone else that seems to have gone off the radar completely for some time now.

His name is Panshak Henry Zamani, he was born in Minna, Niger State but moved to the ancient city of Jos, Plateau State at the tender age of two. He’s got brown skin, a bit lanky with a middle-belt accent. He is a hip-hop recording artiste, with a bit of a stint in acting too. He rose to fame after releasing Oleku, one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time. He won the Hennessy Artistry Club Tour in 2009. Some of his accolades include one BET Award, one Ghana Music Award, Headies Awards, Nigerian Entertainment Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards.

He used to be signed to Chocolate City Music under which he dropped his debut album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince in 2011. The album included singles like Oleku, Superstar and Magician. The year 2013 saw this artiste release his sophomore album, Fire of Zamani. The album had singles like Aboki, I Swear, Gimme Dat and a few other banging singles. Shortly after Audu Maikori stepped down at the helm at Chocolate City Music, Jude ‘MI’ Abaga was announced as the new Chairman of Chocolate City with this artiste as Vice Chairman.

Did I mention that he’s also the father of a handsome little boy, Jamal, who he had with a lady who goes by the name Bimbo Babatunde. He’s said to have been romantically involved with female rapper, Eva Alordiah, when he first came to Lagos.

His musical projects include Everybody Loves Ice Prince (2011), Fire of Zamani (2013) and the Trash Can EP which he released in 2015.

There were rumours that Panshak Zamani was no longer a part of Chocolate City, the imprint under which he achieved pretty much all of his success. He went on to confirm the rumours in an interview on a popular radio station in Lagos during their midday show. Zamani stated unequivocally that his contract with Chocolate City ended two years ago but remained with the label for purely personal/relationship purposes. A few months later, he officially went public with his Super Cool Cats label and was said to be on the verge of signing a new act, Jilex Anderson. Zamani went as far as introducing Jilex Anderson to the audience at a show at the University of Benin.

Panshak Zamani was also rumoured to be working on launching an urban fashion line as well as his third studio album which he has already titled Jos To The World. It is at this point that Panshak Zamani went “missing”. Some of his latest singles including No Mind Dem, Feelings, Chike (which features Korede Bello, and sounds like an annoying remix to Olamide’s Abule Sowo) and most recently, Excellency featuring DJ Buckz which he put out a very below par video for (going by his previously-set standards).

For an artiste who has been touted by many to be a “Candy Rapper”, I still loved and defended him on every platform I was on. A lot of his music in the past always came off as cheesy and wanting to appeal more to the ladies as well as the fast-tempo-music-lovers. Obviously he was able to get away with it, but it seems the fans are now wiser. It almost feels like he has failed to reinvent himself or at least up the ante music-wise. A lot of times his flow sounds the same, while at other times, he’s singing people to sleep. For pete’s sake, who is this impostor??!

With the young cats like Ycee, Dremo, Zoro and a few others looking to steal the rap crown from hip-hop household names like Olamide, Phyno and co who are also not slacking as they are also working tirelessly to be in our faces and ears every single time, Panshak is steady falling my hand o!

So this doesn’t come off as aimless and useless ranting, ask yourself these pertinent questions:

  • What genre of music does Ice Prince really do?
  • Would you really define Ice Prince as a rapper?
  • Would Ice Prince be able to hold his own against the younger, hungrier and fierier rappers in the game right now?

Having answered these questions, it wouldn’t be totally out of place for me to conclude that Panshak Zamani is gradually slipping into oblivion. Call me crazy, but I don’t recognize the impostor passing himself off as the Ice Prince I used to love and adore so please, before it’s too late, BRING BACK OUR ICE PRINCE!!!!!!

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Chuks Asoegwu – A political scientist by degree, a writer, OAP, event host, lyricist, sports lover ,social commentator and radio junkie. You can connect with him on social media where he shares his “explicit” thoughts on issues spanning across entertainment, sports and politics.

Twitter/IG: @chuks_ea

 





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  1. Yes ooo….bring back that rapper that usually burst na brain abeg…Choc City or Super Cool Cat abeg iyo abeg

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  2. True talk bro!!… am a big fan but I’ve not been impressed in d last 2 years.

  3. Honestly he needs to step up.. I love d Ice Prince I used to hear back in 2010… We need u back man!

  4. True it to bad right now. He makes trash music now and it so bad he don’t even realize it himself and his crew also can’t tell him the truth

  5. HMMMM. thought it was only me who saw it this way. the fact is music fans in nigeria are getting smarter. they want a message in the music and not garbage. so every musician must update his software . hehehhe.

  6. Dis niccur,got some points tho…ice needs to re trace his steps and find dat tin dat made us fall inlove wit his music

  7. zamani love you so much but return to who you are befero

  8. zamani we are missing you plesase come back strongly

  9. So chucks, how much did ice Prince pay you for this so called “criticism” . puleaasee…
    Just tell him we still love him and the anticipation for #JTDW is high. Case closed

  10. An e.p aptly titled “Trash Can” that was so good for the trash…
    Since he dropped that freestyle on M.I Money, dude has been doing quite good for himself as a commercial rapper cum singer, i can’t blame him though, he has to water down his lyrics to make the bucks…
    I just hope he can reinvent himself again..

  11. Tooxclusive, he u guys have come again wit ur problem,can u do musik,i beg d guy is trying it’s not easy at all,i do respect zamani,pls. Look for better tins 2 post on dis site and stop posting rubish,2day is oct. 1 wat offer do u have 4 ur fans,i am nw beginning 2 hate dis “Amebor” site pls stop drinking panadol on another man headache,2 day is ice and 2moro will b davido and next will be don jazzy useless site of gossips and haters mtcheeeeew rubbish

  12. All this ibile rappers discourage them all…they mess the whole game #J2TW

  13. Respect to the Jtown icon #Ice_Prince. He kills every single beat he hops on. Keep it up bro! CBCN-SCC. I rep Jos City Jtown Rocks

  14. Tooxclusive wit their gossips,fake ass people

  15. Rubish and gud for nothing site,una fit sing tooxclufake

  16. Yesss ooo!! #BringBackOurIcePrince

  17. I used to believed that Tooxclusive post only qualitative materials no matter what but its obvious that the recession has affected you too. How much did they pay you for this?

  18. #J2TW most anticipated Album of the Year. Can’t wait.

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  20. Nice write up. #Istandwith #BringbackourIcePrince

  21. U guys nowadayz alwayz postin. If u dnt knw wat 2 say or write beta shut-up, ask urself is he d only doin wat he is doing? The stupid yoruba boy u do hype can u define his type of music? U guys alwayz hating on pple 4rm north. Who won the best rap act at NEA if nt d yoruba singa, our eyez are not close o but i pray and I MISS GOOD MUSIC. U all listen 2 M.I ILLEGAL MUSIC3 EVERYBODY knw is dope bt u neva hype. If am havin power i swear i for close diz site and naijaloaded alwayz posting trash abt pple all bcoz of favoritism

  22. U guys nowadayz alwayz postin. If u dnt knw wat 2 say or write beta shut-up, ask urself is he d only doin wat he is doing? The stupid yoruba boy u do hype can u define his type of music? U guys alwayz hating on pple 4rm north. Who won the best rap act at NEA if nt d yoruba singa, our eyez are not close o but i pray and I MISS GOOD MUSIC. U all listen 2 M.I ILLEGAL MUSIC3 EVERYBODY knw is dope bt u neva hype. If am havin power i swear i for close diz site and naijaloaded alwayz posting trash abt pple all bcoz of favoritism… U all knw u cant fuck wit MI Abaga and Jesse.. #fuckTOOXCLUSIVE am out #teamLAGOSLOADED eva since u guyz post dat trash abt 2BAba je i knw u guyz dnt dsav any respect

  23. U guys nowadayz alwayz postin. If u dnt knw wat 2 say or write beta shut-up, ask urself is he d only doin wat he is doing? The stupid yoruba boy u do hype can u define his type of music? U guys alwayz hating on pple 4rm north. Who won the best rap act at NEA if nt d yoruba singa, our eyez are not close o but i pray and I MISS GOOD MUSIC. U all listen 2 M.I ILLEGAL MUSIC3 EVERYBODY knw is dope bt u neva hype. If am havin power i swear i for close diz site and naijaloaded alwayz posting trash abt pple all bcoz of favoritism… U all knw u cant fuck wit MI Abaga and Jesse.. #fuckTOOXCLUSIVE am out #teamLAGOSLOADED eva since u guyz post dat trash abt 2BAba je i knw u guyz dnt dsav any respect but MI Said swag is always eccentric,NORTHERN RAPPERS AND SINGERS the take over and u foolz are hating

  24. U guys nowadayz alwayz postin trash. If u dnt knw wat 2 say or write beta shut-up, ask urself is he d only person doin wat he is doing? The stupid yoruba boy u do hype daily can u define his type of music? U guys alwayz hating on pple 4rm north. Who won the best rap act at NEA if nt d yoruba singa, our eyez are not close o but i pray and I MISS GOOD MUSIC. U all listen 2 M.I ILLEGAL MUSIC3 EVERYBODY knw is dope bt u neva hype. If am havin power i swear i for close diz site and naijaloaded alwayz posting trash abt pple all bcoz of favoritism… U all knw u cant fuck wit MI Abaga and Jesse.. #fuckTOOXCLUSIVE am out #teamLAGOSLOADED eva since u guyz post dat trash abt 2BAba je i knw u guyz dnt dsav any respect but MI Said swag is always eccentric,NORTHERN RAPPERS AND SINGERS the take over and u foolz are hating

  25. #i think you’re right I do love him, but where is him now.

  26. you go says you no love feeling,you no love excelency,you no love chike??? ice prince still the best raper of west african

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  28. Everybody is entitle to their point of view but making insults and sounding as if people hating d Northern artites is uncool. Don’t think people hate us, let’s not start having that mindset. It’s ok to critique an artiste not to demean them but to analyse their musical status. This person has bring to light d obvious n nuances in this artiste which is not to pull him down but rather revive him.

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  30. He was never what you thought he was. Let it go.

  31. honestly ice prince is a pundit star i love ice prince more did he species his lyrics are amazing and spanking it is only a hater dat can blame my star up zamani to dat point may god protect u 4rom evils of insurgency and enemies ur dat baddest and stinking i want 2 be like you #yuppy my name is they want me to fall flat but am bouncing de accident gud gud gud please i want to meet u at all cost pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease! luv u ice prince zamani

  32. Na true ice prince don wash,for a while now he has not bin active,we need him back

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