Ace Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia, better known as 2Baba, has paid a visit to the cemetery in the United States where late Nigerian rapper, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, was buried.
Sound Sultan died on July 11, 2021, after a 4-year battle with angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma — a type of blood cancer that starts in the white blood cells.
On Monday, the ‘For Instance’ crooner shared a video on his Instagram page where he was accompanied by other friends as they paid tribute to the late singer.
While they paid their respects by laying flowers on the tombstone of the ‘Area’ singer, 2Baba was later seen crouching in front of the graveyard.
He wrote: “Went to pay my respect to my brother SOUND SULTAN with my brothers @emmaugolee @amfrankiej @blackahrank.
“July 11, world Sultan day. Blessed #grateful #warrior. We miss you my dear friend @soundsultan. Olanrewaju Fasasi. Bless up.”
The prolific songwriter and rapper — born Olanrewaju Fasasi — passed away at the age of 44.
Before his death, Sound Sultan had a successful career that spanned over decades with eight studio albums to his credit.
He got married to Farida Fasasi and their union was blessed with three kids.
Sound Sultan was also a songwriter, actor, comedian, and recording artist.
He was regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria.
The late rapper was notable for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, bad governance and societal ills in Nigeria.
Sound Sultan’s career in show business:
Sound Sultan’s career in show business started in the 1990s, when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions.
By 1999, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows. He released his first single Mathematics “Jagbajantis” in 2000, which was a hit in Nigeria. After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists, he was signed by Kennis Music.
Under Kennis Music, Sound Sultan released four albums. By 2007, his contract with the label expired and he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organization for a record label, production outfit and clothing line.
After starting as a rapper, he has worked in different musical genres from R&B to Afrobeat, soul and Nigerian Fuji music. He has said that artists shouldn’t be judged on the genre in which they perform, that the important thing is the message conveyed in the music.
Under Naija Ninjas, he released Back From The Future (2011) and signed artists such as Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn (Sean Tizzle) and Blacka.
Naija Ninjas released their debut EP titled The Rebirth in 2012 and it featured the hit single Aropin which was produced by music producer Prodizzle featuring Sound Sultan, Karma & Sean Tizzle.
Sound Sultan began a working relationship with Wyclef Jean when featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on “Proud to be African” from Wyclef’s Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 album. They have collaborated on two other projects: “King of My Country” (2009) and “People Bad” (2012).
In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.
In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single “Remember” after a long absence from the music scene.
After the fallout of the African Basketball League, Sound Sultan joined forces with the organizers of the Continental Basketball League to become a team owner of Lagos City Stars (the 2017 champions) and a facilitator of the league entertainment.
Sound Sultan featured on Honorebel’s 2019 single “Bridal” with Joe El.