The Hip-hop world and entire music industry in Nigeria was left in a state of shock on Thursday, April 22 after news broke out that rapper, Dagrin had died. His eventual demise was as a result of a ghastly auto-crash that took place on Wednesday, April 14. Before his eventual and sad exit, family members, fans, friends and well-wishers had resolved to prayers, hoping that the rapper would walk out of the hospital alive. Doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) toiled day and night to save his life but all efforts proved abortive.
The sad story started in the early hours of Wednesday April 14 on his way back from an assignment. Jarmzone got a tip off and immediately called Dagrin’s manager, Tunde to confirm a story about the rapper’s involvement in an auto crash. His manager concealed information at first, saying it was just a minor accident, “I was in the car with him and a truck driver mistakenly hit his car and damaged his fender but everything is okay now” was Tunde’s initial response. However, rumours describing the magnitude of the accident spread further and this compelled us to pressurize his manager who eventually admitted and confirmed the accident.
Dagrin was alone and on his way home (Sunshine Estate, Oko-oba, Agege), after receiving a call that he had a guest waiting for him. We gathered that he kept calling his house asking them not to lock the gate that he was on his way back. Time check relays that he actually ran into a stationary truck 2 minutes after the call and this was around 2am, in front of Alakara Police Station, off Agege Motor road, Mushin, Lagos.
Eyewitness revealed that, minutes before the accident, the truck driver who was carrying cement was negotiating a request of N12, 000 by the men of the police force when they heard a loud bang.
The fast rising rapper was initially rushed to Tai Solarin Hospital (Baba Olosha Bus stop, Mushin), but later transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba at the intensive care unit.
Four days later, we gathered that the rapper had undergone operation and moved to a private wing of the hospital. In between this time frame, rumours spread that the rapper had died but close friends refuted the information stating individual testimonies of seeing and having a word with him at the hospital. Tunde, his manager also granted an interview on TV, confirming that the young dude was responding to treatment and fast recuperating.
We gathered that the rapper was later tied to the bed because he kept making efforts to move, each time he recognizes any of his visitors.
Crisis started in the early hours of Thursday, April 22 when the rapper went into coma again. His heart reportedly stopped beating later as the doctors ran helter-skelter to revive him. The recuperating machine was used 9 times on him but to no avail. He died.
Dagrin, full name Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun officially started his music career in 2006 with an album titled ‘Still On The Matter’. The most popular track off the album was “Rap Rules Anthem” but it was not big enough to register the album as a success.
His sophomore album, “C.E.O” (Chief Executive Omoita), released in 2009, housed hits like “Pon Pon Pon”, “Kondo”, “Gboro” and “Ghetto Dreams”. This album placed him on the path to the top, as he became one of the hottest and most wanted artistes.
His first album was released on the axis of LEO Entertainment while C.E.O was released on his indie label called Missofunyin Entertainment but he later signed a managerial contract with Edlyne Records.
Dagrin died at the age of 26 as confirmed by his father who also signed the official press release earlier released by Black House Media.