Alapomeji 9ice was famous for his prolific indigenous flows and artistic fusion of Yoruba proverbs into the lyrics of his songs. Regarded as one of the most successful artists of the last decade, 9ice released his first album, Certificate in 2007. But it was his sophomore album, Gongo Aso, that really shot him into limelight. This first two albums were executively produced by his long-time friend, ID Cabasa.
His second album opened many doors for him one of them was his 2008 famous performance at the 90th birthday of South African anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. 9ice stepped it up in 2011 and dropped two albums at the same time, both to a warm reception. This was something that had never been done before then.
Let’s go a bit into his music now. And as I write this piece I can confirm that the Gongo Aso is indeed a masterpiece. The feeling of nostalgia that accompanies some of these tracks are truly unmatched. He was truly the most incredible out of naija at his peak. And maybe he would have brought home a grammy like he said if he hadn’t dabbled into the political landscape in 2014.
In 2009 9ice reiterated his commitment to quality and evergreen music with the ”Tradition” album. It featured monster hits like Gbamu Gbamu and Respect is reciprocal.
In his time at the pinnacle of musical exploits, there is no doubt only a few could match his talents. And in that period, he managed to etch his name in the history books as one of the all time greats.