Who is Ice Prince?:
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. Early in life, aged two, he moved with his family to the mining city of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. In Jos he received his secondary education at St. Murumba School, the same school that produced superstars P-Square and Mikel Obi. 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 ‘Loopy’.
In 2004, ‘Extraordinary’ his debut single was released. One of his single’s ‘Rewind’ has been on radio station charts in Abuja and Lagos. It has been on Rhythm Fm Top 7 chart, notjustok hype, Unilag Fm, Zain Central Station, Inspiration Fm, Top Fm’s Top of the Morning, Cosmo Fm Top Hits, Africa Connect Chat Show, Kiss Top 20 Africa and has also been No.1 on Cool Fm and Vision Fm in Abuja.
(2009): Hennessy Artistry
In 2009 Ice Prince participated in the Hennessy artistry competititon 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’ is 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. So far with only 3 singles to his name – Extraordinary (2004), Rewind (2009),Oleku (2010) he’s forged a reputation for himself independent of his label mates.
Ice Prince has cited 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.