New Music: YQ – Hero’s Smile (Dagrin Tribute)


“Veni, Vidi, Vici” translated as “I came; I saw; I conquered” is a Latin phrase which reportedly originates from a letter that Julius Caesar wrote to the Roman Senate after achieving victory in his short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus.

We are certain that if Dagrin were alive today, those same words will summarize his letter to us (his family, friends, fans, the music industry, the entire country, Africa and the diaspora) because he was VICTORIOUS despite the number of years he spent with us.

HERO’S SMILE is yet another tribute song by YQ, who was not just Dagrin’s bosom friend but also collaborated with him dishing to us the ever-green EFIMILE.

‘Hero’s Smile’ which sounds different from the gifted artiste’s recent releases (Tear Rubber & Nawo Nawo) reminds us that legends don’t die but live forever. 5 years after, we are still celebrating the greatest proponent of the indigenous rap music genre, Dagrin. YQ also dedicates this song to all other celebrities, family members and friends who left us too soon.

We eulogise the legendary Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun (Dagrin) with these lines from A.E. Housman’s poem ‘To an Athlete Dying Young’

‘Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man’

As you enjoy this emotional cum inspiring tune, let us remember A. Sachs’ popular saying “…everyone dies but not everyone lives.”


DaGrin Lives On