Olaitan Olaonipekun, DaGrin, was the toast of the town when the news of his death hit the airwaves on this day 22nd April 2010.
Your name, Olaitan, still resonates that your “wealth (of knowledge in rendering lyrists) has no end” just like Olaonipekun rightly put you in place that your “wealth (and impact) has no end.”
Dagrin was full of life and promising and rose to prominence in no time. Just like America had Tupac, Dagrin was equivalent to that with his revolution in the Yorùbá rendition.
We met in 2009 – a year before his death when he was invited to the Lagos State University, LASU during the Management Technology Students’ Orientation Programme with the efforts of a coursemateto Lola Alayande aka Lala who was also an upcoming act then and both had a song together and I fell in love with his renditions.
He is/was the Lord of Yoruba rap lyricists and one of the finest in Nigeria when he left till date but his space in the Yoruba rap popculture is not really voided with the likes of Olamide who rose to prominence after he left the scenes.
The Chief Executive Ọmọìta, #BarrackOGrin, left when his light was still the brightest in the skies and was getting the well deserved ovation his works merited.
Despite your poor background, you knew the value of education and the correlation between it and politics that’s why you once said: “how do you convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals”
“It was difficult for me to take but I took it still so Dagrin is gone never to be seen as a mortal anymore” social media commentator, Japhet Omojuwa, once wrote.
Like you said in one of your songs If I Die, make you no cry for me, ẹ jẹ́ ń kú, ẹ jọ̀wọ́ ẹ jẹ ńsimi, I have a won’t cry for you but celebrate you and allow you to rest as you wished for.
RIPP Barrack O’Grin, the only Chief Executive Ọmọ-Ìta that revolutionalized the street music in 9ja.
– Hókọ̀n Ọpẹ́olúwa Sẹ́masà