Edited By: Bolaji Matanmi [Bmax]
Ice Prince Zamani is back folks.
Although, he never really left. He has dropped some “under the radar” songs for a while now, except for “Replay“ that was like a standard party track.
Here’s what I think about Ice Prince, he is not a bad artist at all. He knows how to make hits and is not one to shy away from taking risks.
A good musician, an average rapper.
Releasing Oleku was a risk for Ice Prince because M.I had told him that the song wouldn’t be big but he released it anyway and it became the biggest song of his career. He left Chocolate City where he went from being an artist on the label to becoming a Vice president.
Who does that? Who leaves a comfortable place as VP in one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria to start from scratch? Ice Prince.
As a rapper, Ice Prince rarely impresses with his bars. As an artist, I love his music.
Ice Prince and Naeto C are the same in this regard, they can make sweet music, they can make hits but if you were to name the top 10 rappers in Nigeria, their names will never come out of your mouth.
On this new EP called COLD, Ice Prince teams up with some very talented people to give us an entertaining piece of work.
Remy Baggins is probably one of the few kids that I can call the future of Nigerian music. The boy is an insanely good singer, producer, and songwriter. It is no surprise that he is responsible for producing most of the standout tracks (Shut Down, Space Funk and Tour 254) on this EP.
He graces us with voice and musical genius on Space Funk. A sweet upbeat song that will get you nodding your head or tapping your feet no matter where you are.
It’s the kind of song that will have you dancing with the love of your life now and later in the future.
If you don’t know who Remy Baggins is, this is a wake-up call for you.
The first song on any music project is important. It can set the tone for listeners and can influence some people to continue listening or just quit.
Shut down starts with an amazing violin melody, followed by the voice of Jethrofaded who goes by @orinayo on Twitter and then an addictive bass line.
This song is nothing without Jethrofaded as Ice Prince is unsurprisingly average on this intro. Jethrofaded saves the EP from starting out as a boring listen. He is definitely an artist we should all be optimistic about.
Patrick is an amazing rapper and producer from Zambia. My first contact with his art was on Milli’s Don’t Ask Me What Happened EP that came out in 2016. He partly produced the EP and had a guest feature on Animals After Dark and Jealous (two of the stand out songs on that EP by the way).
He produced M.I‘s controversial song You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life and on this EP he delivers an amazing bridge/hook with Hit Me Up. He blends the trap beat with his Travis Scott style of singing and the result is amazing. I was disappointed that he didn’t get a verse on this song but my disappointment is consoled with Straffitti‘s verse.
Straffitti is a refreshing artist who never tries to blend in but stands out effortlessly. If you listened to M.I’s Rendezvous project, you would have heard him on a song called Slow.
Straffitti delivers a laid-back verse on this song and it matches the tempo of the song perfectly.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you remember or hear the name Kayswitch?
For me, it’s the “even Kayswitch no dey feature D’banj anyhow” from Vector.
Kayswitch has always been a “here today, gone tomorrow” type of artist, therefore seeing his name on the tracklist of this EP didn’t really surprise anyone.
On So High, a song dedicated to marijuana (yes, it’s a puff puff pass type of song), Kayswitch delivers a melody so sweet, it will make his woman jealous.
This collaboration was weird but turned out to be great.
This EP is a breath of fresh air not just because of the featured artists, but because Ice Prince came through on two songs (Die for your Love, Tour 254 and Watching you) with that hit-making magic he displays when he sings.
That’s the Ice Prince everyone loves and enjoys.
The last song on this EP (Las Gidi No 1chic) is the least impressive song on the EP.
It’s the kind of song you might enjoy in the moment because of it’s “gbedu” type of beat.
A groovy party jam with no real substance,
The COLD Ep is generally a pleasurable listen, mostly because of the featured artists on it.
Listen to the COLD Ep here.