Mr Panshek Zamani, better known as Ice Prince, recently released a rap album, one of many releases to welcome the yuletide season. More reason for excitement is the fact that this album, his third, called Jos to the World, is his first productive release since his contract with the Chocolate City Music Label expired and was not renewed.
Ice Prince has been on a steady rise since he clinched the popular Hennessy awards in 2009. First a member of the ECOMOG rap group and later of Loopy, a collective that also boasted of the likes of Ruby Gyang and notable rap lyricist, Mr Incredible, Ice Prince appeared on the scene almost ready for greatness.
In quick succession, he released a slew of singles among which the Brymo-assisted Oleku stood out. Becoming one of the most remixed hits in the history of Nigerian rap music, this song won accolades. But this was not solely due to Ice Prince’s lyrical delivery; Brymo summarily made that song. Ice Prince moved beyond this hit to birth other hits and released his first album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince, which became some type of contagious fire. Little wonder, he named his tepid sophomore album after fire, ergo Fire of Zamani.
Dipping in his rap delivery to occasionally flirt with the party song on his first album, by the sophomore it was indeed clear what Ice Prince’s motivations were. He was here to cash out by playing music more memorabl ...