Yoruba indigenous song / Streeethop veteran, Alexander Abolore Ajifolajifaola, who is popularly known as 9ice rose to prominence about a decade ago with a single titled ‘Little Money’. Then, it was a hit record you hear everywhere you go. The following year, the talented singer finally came up with his debut album Gongo Aso which houses ever-green jams as Photocopy, Ade Ori, Shoki Shombolo, Street Credibility and Bokiniyen. This album remains one of the best albums ever released in Nigeria because it is one of the few albums you could listen to from the first track to the last without skipping a single track.
For three years, he was on top of his game and glided on the success of the album and was guest of many top shows. In 2010, he dropped another album. The album fell short of many fans’ expectation but it is still considered a good album because of some of the tracks on it. I’m sure you are familiar with hit tracks as No be Mistake and Energy. But after this his hot image started to wane. He even released two albums at once the subsequent year but I think his fans were already sick of the type of music he serves them. It continued like that for several years and at a point, things scattered like a pack of cards- he went into oblivion.
In 2016, 9ice re-strategised. He reconciled with his Coded Tunes brother and legendary producer ID Cabasa who was responsible for his hit tracks that shot him to the limelight. They worked together once again and a hit tagged Olorunsogo was birthed. 9ice did not stop at that- he sought after super brilliant producer DJ Coublon who crafted a powerful instrumentation to his song Economy which was also a very popular joint. His smartest move was his consultation with super talented, award-winning hit-maker producer, Young John. They went into the studio together last year and 9ice brought out Living Things which keeps buzzing the airwaves. It is no surprise the video to this record attracted one million views on YouTube in days.
His last album ID Cabasa which houses the recent hit tracks also houses a remix of Living Things featuring Nigerian pop icon, Davido. A proof of the bounce back of the Gongo Aso crooner is making the list of the performing artistes at the One Africa Music Fest held in London a couple of days ago.
Are you looking for an answer to the question if 9ice is back to relevance? Here it is: Yes, 9ice is back!