Genre: Hip Hop
Album: Chief executive Omota(C.E.O)
Yesterday, 22nd April, 2020, music lovers in Nigeria remembered the painful exit of a blooming legend, Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun popularly known by his stage name Dagrin, who died in a car accident on the 22nd of April 2010. Still in the spirit of remembering the legend, our throwback song of the week, is what could be regarded as one of the greatest hit song by the late superstar, titled -Pon Pon Pon.
11 years ago, Dagrin released one song that is still stuck somewhere, in the hearts of music fans till date. From his album C.E.O, the song became a sensation immediately after its release. Regardless of the fact that the song made use of lot of Yoruba language, it gained love from both Yoruba and Non Yoruba music fans Nationwide.
To cut the long story short, the song was simply a Hit.
Dagrin paved way for Yoruba rappers like Olamide and also brought a worldwide acceptance of Yoruba and other indigenous rap in Nigeria.
His well stacked rhymes, clever word play, and steady flow appealed to the core fan base of rap lovers who also loved the way he portrayed living in the ghetto in this Song.
Da Grin fabricated a tale from the everyday life of having to grow and hustle in Lagos, Agege, Ifewara, Mushin, Ikeja, Surulere, Isale Eko, and many other parts of South Western Nigeria. Ranging from, a rough childhood, dark street corners, hometown pride, a hustler’s state of mind, street violence, spiritual protection, and bullying his contemporaries.
While rappers at this period did rap in a Western way, Da Grin made his rap straight from the heart of the ghetto. He painted a gripping picture of a young man fighting against all odds to make his dreams come through. Majority loved this song because it was relatable, owing to the fact that, in one way or the other we are fighting to make our dreams come through.
Everything about the song “pon pon pon” was legendary. The beat, the lyrics, the flow, the energy, little wonder why the song became the first mainstream Yoruba rap song and also won the late singer lots of awards.
Although some believed the singer’s death was mysterious because they feel the singer predicted his death with the song “If I die” however his death has left a void in the heart of many. Though other rappers are trying to do ingenious rap like he did, which they are doing well, but “if e nobi Dagrin e no fit be like dagrin’, we pray his soul continues to rest in peace.
Always and Forever in our hearts Barack Ogrin!!!