Veteran Nigerian rapper, MI Abaga, has claimed that his colleague, Ice Prince, is one of the top three Nigerian rappers of all time.
The “Bad Belle” singer made this announcement in a recent Tea With Tay podcast episode hosted by Taymesan. He claimed that Ice Prince’s contributions to Nigerian hip-hop culture are not given due recognition.
The hip-hop musician stated that although the “Oleku” hitmaker command the genre globally, he was frequently left out of important discussions.
He claims that, despite his effect, Ice Prince is not well-liked since he does not blow his trumpet. In MI’s words;
“When people talk about who I regard as some greatest rappers of all-time, I feel like Ice Prince always gets neglected in the conversation for his real impacts.
We have to remember what Ice Prince did for us. Ice Prince was the guy that had global hip-hop dominance. From ‘Oleku’ period to South Africa. It was just hit after hit. When we started doing collaborations with international artists, Ice Prince was one of the first [to collaborate with them]. We was doing song with French Montana, going to the U.S. He won BET award.
I think it’s because he is just a chilled guy. He doesn’t blow his trumpet. He stays in his lane. So, people don’t rate him. I think he should be in the top 3 greatest Nigerian rappers of all-time conversations.
He is really that impactful. He made such a difference to the genre [Nigerian hip-hop], and to Afrobeats and that movement forward. Ice Prince was there the whole time with Wizkid, Davido, all those guys.”