Just a year ago, fast-rising rapper Olaitan Olaonipekun, popularly known as DAGRIN transformed from a wordsmith into a Nigerian hip-hop legend. Although his music, which was characterized mainly by the deft use of words in his native tongue infused with unadulterated hip-hop elements, was gaining momentum just before his death, just like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Dagrin got bigger in death. The buzz created by the news of his passing drew the attention of many who rarely pay attention to rap music and got them professing respect for his uncommon talent. They inevitably became fans.
Just two albums to his name - the unpopular ‘Still on the Matter’, released in 2006, and the 2009 release, ‘Chief Executive Omoita (C.E.O)’, which propelled him into the limelight - it definitely had to be more than music that gave the 26-year-old cult hero status in death. A lot of emphasis was made on his music immediately after he passed and he won a couple of posthumous awards and recognitions; however, stories of his hustle and dogged lifestyle have presently taken to the fore.
Today we remember a legend in the entertainment industry and a Movie (Biopic) has been shot to remember him and the premiere will be taking place today April 22nd , 2011 at The Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island by 4pm . The Producer of the movie Ope Banwo of Stingomania Record shed more light on why he made the Dagrin Movie GHETTO DREAMS
The lead character, Trybson, a Stingomania hip-hop artist, revealed that the movie was conceived to tell an inspiring story of Dagrin’s lifestyle.
“We want to tell the whole world the plights of young musicians by showing what Dagrin went through in his daily life to make sure his dream becomes a reality,” Trybson said about the movie.
DAGRIN LIVES ON!!!!!