Panshak Henry Zamani (born 30 October 1984), higher often known as Ice Prince, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and actor.
Early Life & Profession
Ice Prince was born in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. At age two, he moved along with his household to the mining metropolis of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He’s of Angas ethnicity. Whereas residing in Jos, he attended St. Murumba School. He additionally attended the Science Tutorial School in Jos.
He started writing Rap songs and began performing them at social occasions held at his college in 1999. It was not till 2001 that he started going to recording studios to document. In 2002, he shaped a bunch known as the “ECOMOG Squad”. They’d few performances as a bunch and cut up a 12 months later. In 2004, he related with M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve, Taz, and collectively they grew to become what’s now recognized at this time because the “Crazy Crew”.
Throughout an interview with Adeola Adeyemo, Ice Prince was requested to summarise his story. He mentioned “I began out in Jos in a bunch known as ECOMOG squad. We used to rap and sing collectively. The group cut up up after a couple of years and after that, I joined the choir in my church and began singing Tenor. That was concerning the time MI moved again to Nigeria and we grew to become associates, we grew to become household, we began residing collectively, began making music collectively. I had a music that made it to No 1 in Jos, that was after I began getting extra consideration. Then I received admitted into College of Jos to review Zoology however then I couldn’t actually proceed due to some monetary constraint on the time.” Ice Prince additionally opened up concerning the passing of his dad and mom and the challenges he confronted early on. He mentioned:
“Life was not that rosy. When my dad was alive, life was just about rosy however I misplaced my Dad in 1999 and it was my Mum that was taking good care of me up till she died too. So it was kinda arduous to get by, actually. I dropped out of college in my 100Stage to give attention to my music.I moved to Abuja and began residing with MI and Jesse Jagz. We had been making music, performing some small small exhibits simply to get cash. Then we moved to Lagos, we received an opportunity to sit back at Djinee’s home. Djinee gave us some house in his home to sleep. Djinee is like my Jesus. He got here by for us. We lived in his home and made it very uncomfortable for him however he took all of the ache and accommodated us. This was in 2008. Regularly, there was regular development. We received our personal place, began making music. In 2008, I hosted Sprite Triple Slam. We did 30 exhibits, 15 in Lagos, 15 within the East. I received some small cash off that to purchase some new denims and footwear in order that ladies would, you already know, say hello to me after they see me.”
In the course of the aforementioned interview, Ice Prince shed some mild on his document deal with Chocolate Metropolis, saying: “My document take care of Chocolate Metropolis got here off of my affiliation with MI and Jesse Jagz. We’re just about brothers, we’ve all the time lived collectively, all the time been collectively. However then Chocolate Metropolis signed MI first. It was like they did it so as of our age. Then they signed Jesse Jagz. Jesse was clearly extra prepared than I used to be at the moment. Then they noticed that I used to be preparing as effectively and so they signed me too.”
In 2009, Ice Prince participated within the Hennessy Artistry competitors, a contest organised by the Hennessy model which helps city and modern music. The competitors featured the likes of Bez, Mo’Cheddah, Blaise, and Jimmy Flames; Ice Prince got here out 1st along with his lead single “Badman” on the finish of the competitors.
In the course of the aforementioned interview, Ice Prince opened up about why he selected to call his debut album, All people Loves Ice Prince. He mentioned “What made me give my album that title was after I misplaced my Mum, actually. There was a lot love, a lot care from all world wide. Individuals actually confirmed me love and it was after that incident that I got here again to document my album and I assumed what higher title to name my album than All people Loves Ice Prince as a result of I used to be proven love.
“Oleku”, Ice Prince’s first single off his debut album was met with nice reception all through Nigeria. The music was launched below Chocolate Metropolis. Ice Prince’s ‘rap resume’ has a protracted listing of songs he’s been featured on. He was featured on Taikoon’s “Respect My Hustle” with Banky W, DJ Neptune’s “This Gbedu Reloaded” with YQ & Shank, Bez’s “Tremendous Solar (Remix)” with ELDee & Eva Alordiah, YQ’s “Efimile (Remix)” with Naeto C, M.I, Banky W, & ELDee, Pherowshuz’s “Korrect (remix)” with M.I & Terry Tha Rapman, Dekunle Fuji’s “Funmilayo” with Jesse Jagz, Jamix’s “My Occasion” with Wizkid & Kel, Reminisce’s “2 Mussh [Remix]” with Sauce Child, and Knighthouse’s “Make it Higher” with Mo’Cheddah, Funbi, & Mobie, amongst others.
In 2012, he started frequent collaborations with Grip Boiz Metropolis producer Chopstix, releasing “Aboki” in the summertime of 2012. An accompanying music video was launched alongside it. “Aboki” peaked at quantity 92 on Afribiz’s Prime 100 chart.
On 28 August 2012, Ice Prince launched “Extra” because the second single from the album. The music was additionally produced by Chopstix. The music video for “Extra” was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. It stars Lola Rae, a British Nigerian recording artist recognized for her single “Watch My Ting Go”. The video premiered on the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards.
On 25 January 2013, Ice Prince launched “Aboki (Remix)”; he described the music because the “greatest African collision ever”. The music options Sarkodie, Mercy Johnson, Wizkid, M.Iand Khuli Chana. On 24 April 2013, Ice Prince and Chocolate Metropolis launched “Gimme Dat” and “V.I.P” concurrently. The previous made the album’s closing track-listing, whereas the latter didn’t.
In 2015, Ice Prince started making obtainable singles from his third studio album. The eventual launch of the album signified his first unbiased album exterior Chocolate Metropolis document label. He revealed to Pulse he had Common Studio within the US combine and grasp the album.
Ice Prince has a son named Jamal with Bimbo Babatunde. In an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, the rapper mentioned he dated Eva Alordiahwhen he first relocated to Lagos.
All people Loves Ice Prince (2011)
Fireplace of Zamani (2013)
Jos to the World (2016)
Trash Can (2015)
The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation (2015)
Home of Gold (2013)
Shuga season 3 (2013)
Hennessy Artistry, Hennessy Artistry Membership Tour, 2009
Finest Male Hip Hop Artist, Ben TV Awards, 2014
Younger Artiste of the 12 months, Eko FM/Radio Lagos Awards, 2011
Track of the 12 months, ‘Oleku ft Brymo’ Metropolis Individuals Leisure Awards, 2011
Finest New Artiste, Dynamix All Youth Awards, 2011
Hottest Single of the 12 months, ‘Oleku ft. Brymo’ Nigeria Leisure Awards, 2011
Finest Rap Single, ‘Oleku ft Brymo’, The Headies, 2011
Track of the 12 months, Oleku ft Brymo, The Headies, 2011
Most Gifted Newcomer Video, Oleku ft Brymo, Channel O Music Video Awards, 2011
African Artist of the 12 months, Ghana Music Awards, 2012
Finest Rap Album, ‘All people loves Ice Prince, The Headies, 2012
Most Gifted Hip-hop Video of the 12 months, ‘Famous person’ Channel O Music Video Awards, 2012
Finest Worldwide Act: Africa, BET Awards, 2013
The Finest Hip-Hop Artiste of the 12 months, Metropolis Individuals Leisure Awards, 2013
Finest Rap Act of the 12 months, Nigeria Leisure Awards, 2013
The Finest Hip Hop Video, Nigeria Music Video Awards, (NMVA), 2013
Finest Rap Act of the 12 months, 2014 Nigeria Leisure Awards, 2014
Peace Achiever’s Award, Peace Ambassador Company, 2017