9ice: 4 Years on and Still no Successful Photocopy


Backtrack to this time in 2008, 9ice had released his album “Gongo Aso” earlier in the year to much acclaim. The album had been promoted by just one single, the title track of the album but fans were treated to an array of much more beautiful tunes off his album.

Four years, four albums and one wife after, he has attained a “boss” status in the music industry although it cannot be argued that his popularity (his fame is still intact though) has declined mainly due to the fact that he has not been able to better his magnum opus, “Gongo Aso”.

However, due to the fact that he is mostly in a class of his own and seemingly has his own sub-genre under the broad and indistinct umbrella of “Nigerian/Yoruba Traditional”, he still has a faithful fan base that it may be said have few options if they decide to ditch 9ice’s music.

And that is what this post is about.

9ice’s boastful and seemingly prophetic song off his “Gongo Aso” Album, “Photocopy” ( which actually happens to be my favorite song off the album and probably my favorite 9ice song till date) seemed to foresee the fact that a new crop of artistes would try to duplicate his style of music and the pugnacious statements he made to that effect in the song’s chorus; “Photocopy ko easy / you can never be like me, this is my identity/ teni’n teni, tekisa’n ta atan/ apa lara, igunpa ni iye kan/ Oba oro, Adigun baale, alapomeji/ erinlakatabu baale, alapo plenty”, underlie this.

(Fortunately for non-Yoruba readers, 9ice sang the part we are commenting upon in this post in English. The Yoruba part just drives home the point with a couple of proverbs and self-aggrandizing statements).

And a lot of artistes have indeed attempted to “photocopy” 9ice.

While most have failed out right and they are forever forgotten of the pages of history, a few of them have indeed done fairly well and deserve mention.

Jaywon, the Kennis Music star was certainly cast as a 9ice “photocopy” when the 9ice fever was at its highest pitch. After making a name for his riding on the “he sounds like 9ice” phenomena, Jaywon promptly (and I think wisely) approached his music from a slightly different perspective and he has done well for himself releasing a series of well received singles and features. His first album didn’t seem to be particularly well received but the future still looks bright for him.

Of all the 9ice photocopies, there’s none who deserves recognition more than Isolate Arafada. Not only have his musical turnouts been excellent when he is in his elements, the sheer resemblance of his voice to that of 9ice is simply shocking. I actually had a heated argument with a friend that it was 9ice who did the hook of Stidman’s fairly successful single “Binu Binu” and almost placed a bet before I realized my error!

Isolate however seems to have a problem with consistency as his musical turnout has been low. It’s as if he does music as a part time thing. His delightfully “razz” liquor inspired “Igo kan” released last year is his last hit single although he has since released one or two singles subsequently.

As I type this post, I am playing Tupengo’s “Oyashi”. My sister came into my room and says, “Is that 9ice’s latest song?” I tell her it’s a new guy called Tupengo and even as at the time of writing this, she doesn’t believe me yet. I think I’ll have to play the song’s video which I have right here on my PC for her when I’m done!

That’s how much Tupengo sounds like 9ice in style and voice. His rough but sultry voice and catchy tunes have especially been utilized to give several rap songs that “hit element”. He has potential to at least be a B-rated artiste and except on few occasions when he spits out crammed Yoruba proverbs which have no bearing whatsoever on the theme of the song, he delivers fairly well consistently.

For the most part, I don’t think it’s a particularly favorable choice trying to walk in the footsteps of someone like 9ice who is almost idolized by devout fans. Comparison with 9ice will always supersede and hinder such a person’s talent.

Feeding off his(9ice) reputation may help in growing a career based on the “he sounds like 9ice” phenomenon, but the artiste should work towards carving a separate niche for himself after he has his feet on the ground.

On the flip side, 9ice is aging physically and musically, his talent is obviously dwindling (I know some of his devout fans will disagree but the stats speak clearly, how many shows does he headline nowadays? How many nominations or awards has he picked up of recent? How many songs charts are his songs topping or even getting into nowadays?  There was a time when he regularly mentioned he wanted to win a Grammy, is he even in contention by any chance now?) and nature demands that he will be replaced sooner or later.

The next few years will speak for themselves for both 9ice and his “photocopies”, but as for now, 4 years after his big break, there is none up to the task –just yet.

Your comments will be appreciated.

Happy new year in advance.




  1. 9ice is da real copy dere is no photocopy to kum nt even in 20years now. layike egiri laye kosi babanla eni to lo fi awo se gbedu.

  2. Dear blogger, u seem to know the truth about 9ice’s type of song, all I believe is that the man has matured wit time so his songs,it takes deep understanding to appreciate his talent. He is a phenomenon. My opinion.

  3. Good talk but let ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ tel Ʊ d real fact, 9ice may not get d best awards 2day or even go †̥ d all show but d fact į̸̸̨§ dat wen ever he release a albulm pple get Ȋ̝̊̅t fact nd am telin Ʊ d fact 9ice as more fans dan other his music pas mesg dat we can len 4rm Ȋ̝̊̅t…..he Bє̲̣̣̣̥̤̈ oBA won wther D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ like Ȋ̝̊̅t or not

  4. 9ice is a good artist i love im so mush i bought al of his track but dat photocopy is look sumhow in all of his song but i was just knowing nw dat photocopy is d best song of 9ice same as me too.
    But what i knw is, i no 1 day 1 day i wil sleep with mr. 9ice in the same house becoz i av a talent too also but later sha mr 9ice.

  5. Actually my own 9ice best album Is Tradition,al d songs i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ d album were deeply rich i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ good meaniningful proverbial lyrics,good beats n his deliveries are perfect on each tracks,same tin applicable 2 Gongo aso but its nt as deep as tradition but after den I began 2 notice some changes i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ his songs,his last double album wasn’t dat impressive 2 ♏ε̲̣̣̣̥ unlike Gongo aso n d lengendary album called Tradition.9ice lost som touch of creativity i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ dos songs i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ bashorun gaa n versus,d voice Is nt clear,his deliveries doesn’t flows wit d beat lik it use to,shorter verses,weak n comon proverbial lyrics,n nw Is 2 new singles obawon(fair but dats nt 9ice I use 2 kno) n get it,infact d 1st 9ice song I will ever delete frm his music folder on fone Is GET IT,d beat mayb Is azonto or wateva Is nt makin sense, d lyrics chai 9ice has neva sounded so empty lik imagine”o shedi bi tonto dike”so I agree wif ƔoU̶̲̥̅̊ dat 9ice Is declinin i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ music industry,dey hardly show any of his video on screen‎Ƌ̲̣̣̣̥i̶̲̥̅̊S̶̲̥̅ days,Is ŊƠ̴̴͡ longer found i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ big shows again,pls Adigun if ƔoU̶̲̥̅̊ ar readin ‎​Ƌ̲̣̣̣̥​i̶̲̥̅̊S̶̲̥̅ am nt condemin ƔoU̶̲̥̅̊,buh try n step up cos Ūя̲̅ fans,lik ♏ε̲̣̣̣̥ nw I don’t much alternatives bside 2face n oda few matured musician i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ d industry,I don’t listen 2 al ‎​Ƌ̲̣̣̣̥​i̶̲̥̅̊S̶̲̥̅ new guys dat jus makin noise n singin trash.I av lost ma taste 4 most foreign songs n oda musician,I don’t av much option left pls step up,Tuface Is doin it ƔoU̶̲̥̅̊ can do it also.Love u

  6. Ah will luv 9ice till d day ah die…..9ice plz mk us proud wt ds upkmin Double Album……”tradition’ is d best album…..i’m learnin 4rm ur songz…1 day 1day…life or Dead…ah will ft u in ma Song….LUV…i’mMonie E…teamMFG

  7. Mr. 9ice i luv every of released of his music………and till i die i wld be ur fans…….wat is jst pining me is dat…… U ar nt heading show lyk b4, no nomination, no awards winning……can i say ur song is nt getting recognition lyk b4 or wat?????…….but ur song always passn message nt lyk other trash we use to heard ……………… I tink u should try as much as possible to giv us d best in ur upcoming album……..GRA n CNN:……..luv u…..4eva i will b ur fans.

  8. Am ijaw but 9ice is by far my favourite art uptill 2day….tradition is an album I cherish so much….respect is reciprocal.adegun alatari is the man.


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