Dagrinseries: Sossick – Jor oh, 10 years gone

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Before the combination of Olamide and Pheelz, before Wizkid and Samklef, before Davido and Shiizi, before Burna Boy and Leriq. There was a combination in the Nigeria Music Industry badder than the above mentioned duos. It’s the combination of Sossick and Dagrin. They produce one of the best rap album to ever come out of Nigeria.

It’s 10 years since the demise of Dagrin after a road accident in Lagos. In this series, I will be rolling out some facts, behind the scene stories, razzmatazz you don’t know about the lyrical werey.

Today, I start with how they met.


Few months after Pain Plus Work Long Play by Gino was released, Sossick and Gino were in the studio. Gino was telling sossick about a guy who drops bar in Yoruba language.  He saw his video on the television. The video was off his debut album “Still on the Matter”. Sossick didn’t listen to any of the song but he was aware there was a guy bearing Dagrin courtesy his elder brother Gino.

The rainfall was not that much,Sossick was schooling at Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), on this particular day, he just finished the first lecture for the day, his phone rang, he picked it up.  The other end was like “Baba, na me o, Dagrin” .The name rings a bell.

He replied with how far now, Dagrin said “We gat see, I won work with you “

Sossick said he won’t be able to come to where Dagrin was,  Dagrin told him he would come instead,  few minutes after, he was at YABATECH.  He came with Sati Ramony, the CEO of Santi Record. He brought along five hard copy of Gino Pain Plus Work. Sossick produced all the track on the album except one. Dagrin was a huge fan of the album.

They went to a food joint, Santi told Sossick to produce one or two tracks for Dagrin.  He gave them his charges 100,000. This was in 2007.

They went to the studio. At the studio, he played a beat he was making for Banky W for him. The beat was Gboro. Featuring Isolate. He gave him the beat to go write on.

The next day, Dagrin called Sossick to tell him he was ready. Dagrin came to YABATECH, he urged him to freestyle the song, when he heard the first verse, he was blewn away, they went to the studio to record. One take. It lasted for just twenty minutes.

By the time they were through, Sossick felt they should work more.

Dagrin always say something  “Sossick, after God na you”. His respect for sossick was out of this world. He believed so much in his ability to turn things around for him after the flop of his debut album “Still On the matter”.

When Sarz produced Kondo, Dagrin was not really feeling the production. All attempt to make Sossick redo it failed. What this connote is that he had so much believe in the beat maker.

The chief Executive Officer Omo Ita long play took them over a year to make. In the end, it was worth the wait.

When the album making was over, whenever they were in the studio and they were playing the joints. Dagrin would tell Sossick to pause it. He will tell him, “when this our jams drop, we go change things, we go turn things around”. He was that confident of the ability of his album to change things in the hip-hop circle. It did.

In the process of recording the album, there was a day they went to Kay Solo’s studio, they met Jude Engess Okoye. While dagrin was rapping in Yoruba, he wasn’t feeling them, he asked if they didn’t like the way the defunct P-Square were topping chart. He never believed Yoruba Rap could make wave.  Dagrin was not happy with what Jude was saying. He had to leave the studio before things go south.

He was determined to change things.


Jul 23, 2011


                                                          Emma Tallest                                                                     ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY



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