When the other guy that used to follow MI around released his first solo single 'Oleku' in 2007, little did the hip hop world know that the best International Act Africa 2013 was being birthed. When asked if he knew he was goin' to explode? He said
''Back in 2008 and 2009 when MI was 'bigging' me up, talking about how he had another bad rapper with him, I used to be really scared. I never knew it was goin' to turn out like this cause i didn't think of myself as a bad rapper as such.''#i'mchimming# Trying to be modest yea? Even MI Abaga recognised that the young cat with him had stupenduos potentials. Lil' wonder he got him signed to Chocolate city.
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Panshak Zamani, better known by his stage name Ice Prince, is a prominent Nigerian Hip hop Artist and the winner of Hennessy Artistry 2009.He is signed to Chocolate City music label Chocolate City Group.
Ice Prince was born Panshak Zamani in the city of Minna, Niger State, Nigeria in 1986. At age two, he moved with his family to the mining city of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, which is his parents' home state. Ice Prince is Ngas. In Jos he received his secondary education at St. Murumba College, the same school that produced superstars P-Square and Mikel Obi, and Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Nigeria among many others. He also attended the Science Tutorial College in Jos, where in 1998 he began writing hip hop music, which he described as 'rubbish', and performing it at secondary school parties, club days and formals. It was not until 2001 that he began going to studios to record and began meeting people. In 2002, he got together with a couple of his friends and formed a group called the Ecomog Squad. They had a few performances as a group and split a year later.In 2004 He met hit makers - the Abaga brothers - M.I. and Jesse Jagz at a young persons' forum. Together with M.I., Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve, and Taz they became what is now known today as the ‘Loopy Crew’.
In the same year ‘Extraordinary’ his debut single was released. And one of his single's ‘Rewind’ has been on radio station charts in Abuja and Lagos-Nigeria.
In 2009 Ice Prince participated in the Hennessy artistry competition which was organized by the Hennessy brand which supports urban and contemporary music. The competition featured the likes of Bez, Mo'cheddah, Blaise, and Jimmy Flames and Ice Prince came out 1st with his lead single "Badman" at the end of the competition.
Ice Prince Zamani lived up to the hype and delivered a smash hit Oleku in 2010 which is his official single under the Chocolate City label. Ice Prince‘s 'rap resume' has a long list of songs he’s been featured on. From Banky W to YQ, eLDee and Naeto C, A'West, Dekunle Fuji, Kel, Gino, Terry Tha Rapman, Sauce Kid, Rollins Avns, Djinee, Mo Cheddah, Wizkid and the obvious suspects M.I, Jesse Jagz just to name a few. He’s worked with the biggest artistes in the industry. With his album;Everybody loves Ice Prince(2011) and various hit singles to his name, he's forged a reputation as one of the hottest rappers in Nigeria and Africa at large.
In 2012,he began frequent collaborations with Grip Muzik producer Chopstix, releasing the smash hit, Aboki in the summer of 2012.An accompanying music video was released alongside it. Aboki performed creditably across African Charts. Alongside Aboki, Ice Prince released the single 'MORE', also produced by Chopstix.The single was also released with a music video. On the 25th of January 2013,Ice Prince released one of the most anticipated songs of the new year,the monstrous remix to his 2012 summer hit;Aboki. The remix features Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie,South African artist Khuli Chana,Mercy Johnson,Wizkid and MI. Now regarded as Chocolate City's main breadwinner,Ice Prince followed up this release with two new singles in May;Gimme dat and VIP.He continues to work with Chopstix. The track VIP has however been criticized for bearing so much resemblance to his previous singles,Aboki and Aboki remix. The four songs are expected to feature on his upcoming studio album;Fire Of Zamani,due for a September 2013 release.
Ice Prince says that his music has been influenced by artist such as Davarel Davmusic, Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, M.I and Jesse Jagz.
His Awards Won
2009 Hennessy Artistry Winner
2011 Eko FM/ Radio Lagos Awards - Young Artiste of the Year
2011 City people Awards - Song of the year (Oleku)
2013 BET awards - Best International Act (Africa)
2013 Eggman best musician
Promising Artist of the Year (Dynamix Awards 2010)
Song of the Year (Dynamix Awards 2010)
Hottest Single of the Year (Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2011)
Best New Act of The Year (Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2011)
Best Rap Act of The Year (Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2011)
Best International Act (Nigeria) (BET Awards 2012)