Greatest Of All Time 9ice Covers Taylor Live Magazine’s Latest Issue
Hailing from a somewhat underground locale, there’s not so much one would expect of a person seeking out a life in the limelight, but our very own Ibile has defied all odds. Abolore Adigun Akande might not have initially sought out a life in the spotlight but it apparently seems like he was made for it, being in the business for this long, there’s no doubt he is going to stick around for a while.
Although it took a while from his first single to when he started gaining recognition in the industry, 9ice stuck to his contemporary/Hip-hop and world fusion genre, steadily giving us back to back hits. Quite a number of people regarded this music style as controversial but that didn’t distress the Hitmaker, but only caused him to modify his style, highlighting his artistic ability.
Deriving his inspiration from his environment, it seemed only fair to want to give back to his roots; we all agree that staying in touch with your heritage is key; especially for those who are into Fuji music. In reverence to Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade and Pasuma (to mention a few), 9ice threads the needle when it comes to repping his idols, and in a pretty modern way as well.
Not forgetting his copious Professional (MOBO Best African Act 2008) and TV awards (MTV Base Best HipHop Act 2008), 9ice stays pretty prominent in the eye of the public. Outside of his music, it’s almost easy to piece together what his greatest achievements might be, from becoming a famous UN Youth Ambassador, bagging an ambassadorship with the Nelson Mandela Charity Organization as well as a Global Public Health Ambassador to SFH and not forgetting the Lagos State Environmental Ambassadorship. Comparing himself to the likes of Youssou N’Dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka whose music have embraced their native languages, we are sure to expect more of the native Yoruba proverbs embedded in his music and ofcourse, international recognition from our very own Adigun.