PERSONALITY PROFILE

IcePrince

Ice Prince
Birth name Panshak Henry Zamani
Also known as Ice Prince
Born October 30, 1986 (age 27) [1]
MinnaNigeria
Origin JosPlateau State
Genres Hip hopafrobeatpop
Occupations Singer-songwriterrecording artistrapperactor
Years active 2004–present
Labels Chocolate City
Associated acts M.IJesse JagzBrymo, Chopstix, eLDeeWizkidFrench Montana2face Idibia, Sunny Neji, WaleChip, Ruby Gyang, Olamide, Sound Sultan, Burna Boy, Yung L, Jeremiah Gyang, Shaydee, Morell

Panshak Zamani (born October 30, 1986), better known by his stage name Ice Prince, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist best known for winning the 2009 Hennessy Artistry as well as for his song “Oleku“. He won the 2013 BET Awards for “Best International Act Africa”. Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City.

Early life and music career

Ice Prince was born Panshak Henri Zamani in the city of MinnaNiger StateNigeria. At age two, he moved with his family to the mining city of JosPlateau StateNigeria. While residing in Jos, he attended St. Murumba College, the same school that produced P-SquareMikel Obi, and the Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda among others. He also attended the Science Tutorial College in Jos.

In 1998, he began writing rap songs and started performing them at social events held at his school. It was not until 2001 that he began going to studios to record. In 2002, he got together with a couple of friends and formed a group called the “Ecomog Squad”. They had few performances as a group and split a year later. In 2004, he connected with M.IJesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve, Taz, and together they became what is now known today as the “Loopy Crew”. During an interview with Adeola Adeyemo, Ice Prince was asked to summarize his story. He said “I started out in Jos in a group called ECOMOG squad. We used to rap and sing together. The group split up after a few years and after that, I joined the choir in my church and started singing Tenor. That was about the time MI moved back to Nigeria and we became friends, we became family, we started living together, started making music together. I had a song that made it to Number 1 in Jos, that was when I started getting more attention. Then I got admitted into University of Jos to study Zoology but then I couldn’t really continue because of some financial constraint at the time.” Ice Prince also opened up about the passing of his parents and the challenges he faced early on. He said

“Life was not that rosy. When my dad was alive, life was pretty much rosy but I lost my Dad in 1999 and it was my Mum that was taking care of me up until she died too. So it was kinda hard to get by, really. I dropped out of school in my 100Level to focus on my music.I moved to Abuja and started living with MI and Jesse Jagz. We were making music, doing some small small shows just to get money. Then we moved to Lagos, we got a chance to chill at Djinee’s house. Djinee gave us some space in his house to sleep. Djinee is like my Jesus. He came through for us. We lived in his house and made it very uncomfortable for him but he took all the pain and accommodated us. This was in 2008. Gradually, there was steady growth. We got our own place, started making music. In 2008, I hosted Sprite Triple Slam. We did 30 shows, 15 in Lagos, 15 in the East. I got some small money off that to buy some new jeans and shoes so that girls would, you know, say hi to me when they see me.” 

In 2004, Ice Prince released his debut single “Extraordinary”. “Rewind”, another single he released received radio airplay in Lagos and Abuja. It charted on Rhythm Fm’s “Top 7 chart”, Notjustok’s “Hype”, Unilag Fm, Zain Central Station, Inspiration Fm, Top Fm’s “Top of the Morning”, Cosmo Fm’s “Top Hits”, Africa Connect Chat Show, and Kiss’ “Top 20 Africa”. Moreover, it charted at number 1 on Cool Fm and Vision Fm in Abuja.

Chocolate City record contract

During the aforementioned interview, Ice Prince shed some light on his record deal with Chocolate City, saying “My record deal with Chocolate City came off of my affiliation with MI and Jesse Jagz. We are pretty much brothers, we’ve always lived together, always been together. But then Chocolate City signed MI first. It was like they did it in order of our age. Then they signed Jesse Jagz. Jesse was obviously more ready than I was at that time. Then they saw that I was getting ready as well and they signed me too.”

2009: Hennessy Artistry

In 2009, Ice Prince participated in the Hennessy Artistry competition, a competition organized by the Hennessy brand which supports urban and contemporary music. The competition featured the likes of Bez, Mo’cheddah, Blaise, and Jimmy Flames; Ice Prince came out 1st with his lead single “Badman” at the end of the competition.

2010-2011: Everybody Loves Ice Prince (E.L.I), “Oleku”, and collaborations

During the aforementioned interview, Ice Prince opened up about why he chose to name his debut album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince. He said “What made me give my album that name was when I lost my Mum, really. There was so much love, so much care from all around the world. People really showed me love and it was after that incident that I came back to record my album and I thought what better name to call my album than Everybody Loves Ice Prince because I was shown love. “Oleku“, Ice Prince’s first single off his debut album was met with great reception throughout Nigeria. The song was released under Chocolate City. Ice Prince’s ‘rap resume’ has a long list of songs he’s been featured on. He was featured on Taikoon’s “Respect My Hustle” withBanky W, DJ Neptune’s “This Gbedu Reloaded” with YQ & Shank,  Bez’s “Super Sun (Remix)” with ELDee & Eva Alordiah, YQ’s “Efimile (Remix)” with Naeto CM.I, Banky W, &ELDee, Pherowshuz’s “Korrect (remix)” with M.I & Terry Tha Rapman,[12] Dekunle Fuji’s “Funmilayo” with Jesse Jagz, Jamix’s “My Party” with Wizkid & Kel, Reminisce’s “2 Mussh [Remix]” with Sauce Kid, and Knighthouse’s “Make it Better” with Mo’Cheddah, Funbi, & Mobie among others.

2012-2013 :Fire of Zamani

In 2012, he began frequent collaborations with Grip Boiz City producer Chopstix, releasing “Aboki” in the summer of 2012. An accompanying music video was released alongside it. “Aboki” peaked at number 92 on Afribiz’s Top 100 chart.

On August 28, 2012, Ice Prince released “More“, the second single from his second studio album, Fire of Zamani. The song was also produced by Chopstix. The music video for “More” was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. It stars Lola Rae, a British Nigerian recording artist known for her single, “Watch My Ting Go”. The video premiered at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards, an awards ceremony he co-hosted.

On January 25, 2013, Ice Prince released “Aboki (Remix)“, a song he describes as the “biggest African collision ever”. The song features SarkodieMercy JohnsonWizkidM.I, and Khuli Chana.

On April 24, 2013, Ice Prince and Chocolate City released “Gimme Dat” and “V.I.P” simultaneously. The former made the album’s final track-listing while the latter didn’t.

Musical influences

Ice Prince cited Notorious B.I.G.RakimJay-ZCommonTalib KweliKanye WestLudacrisBusta RhymesLauryn HillM.I and Jesse Jagz as his key musical influences. Commenting on his relationship with label mate M.I, Ice Prince said “He is my brother, he is my friend, my mentor. He is someone that if 200 people tell me no and MI tells me yes, I would do the yes. That is how loyal I am to him, that is how I respect him, how much I look up to him. He never gives me bad advice, he wishes me well and he’s always happy when I succeed.”

Discography and filmography

Studio albums

Singles

Year Title Album
2010 Oleku
(featuring Brymo)
Everybody Loves Ice Prince
2011 Superstar
Juju
2012 Ma’Gyptian (Magician Remix)
(featuring Gyptian)
Aboki Fire of Zamani
More
2013 Gimme Dat
I Swear
(featuring French Montana)
Aboki Remix
(featuring SarkodieMercy JohnsonWizkidM.I, and Khuli Chana)
N/A
V.I.P

Film and television

Film
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2013 House of Gold Supporting role [25]
Television
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2013 Shuga Himself Shuga Series 3 [26]

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Nominated work Result Ref
2013 Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies) Artiste of the Year Nominated [27][28]
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted African West Video Aboki Nominated [29]
Most Gifted Video of the Year Nominated
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best African Act Video Nominated [30]
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Hip Hop Video V.I.P Won [31]
Best Use of Visual Effects Nominated
MOBO Awards Best African Act Nominated [32]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Rap Act of the Year Won [33]
BET Awards Best International Act: Africa Won [34]
City People Entertainment Awards Best Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year Won [35]
Musician of the Year (Male) Nominated [36]
Best Rap Artiste of the Year Nominated
2012 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Hip-hop Video of the Year Superstar Won [37]
Most Gifted Reggae Video of the Year Juju Nominated [38]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Album of the Year Everybody Loves Ice Prince Nominated [39]
Best Rap Act of the Year Nominated
BET Awards Best International Act: Africa Nominated [40]
Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies) Album of the Year Everybody Loves Ice Prince Nominated [41]
Best Rap Album Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Nominated
2011 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Newcomer Video Oleku
(featuring Brymo)
Won [42]
Most Gifted Hip Hop Video “Nobody Test Me”
(Jesse Jagz featuring M.I and Ice Prince)
Nominated [43]
Most Gifted Video of the Year “Molowo Noni”
(Samklef featuring Wizkid, D’Prince, and Ice Prince)
Nominated
Dynamix All Youth Awards Best New Artiste Won [44]
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Contemporary Afro Video Oleku
(featuring Brymo)
Nominated [45]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single Of The Year Won [46]
Best New Act Of The Year Nominated [47]
Best Rap Act Of The Year Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards Song of the Year Oleku
(featuring Brymo)
Won [48]
Eko FM/ Radio Lagos Awards Young Artiste of the Year Won
2010 Dynamix All Youth Awards Promising Artiste of the Year Nominated [49]
Song of the Year Oleku
(featuring Brymo)
Nominated
2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour Hennessy Artistry Won [50]

Performances and appearances

  • Chocolate City “The Jam Sessions” 2007 & 2008.
  • Host, Sprite Triple Slam Tour (started April 2009) held in Lagos, Ibadan, Aba, Owerri, Onitsha, Asaba, Enugu, Nsukka.
  • Benson and Hedges Lockdown Party – Lagos.
  • Soundcity Music Video Awards (SMVA) – July, 2009
  • MTV Base Advance Warning Party – July, 2008
  • This Day International Music and Fashion Festival, Abuja – August, 2008
  • WAPI (Words and Pictures)-British Council, Abuja (2008)
  • Rhythm Unplugged – Abuja and Jos, 2008
  • Crack Your Ribs -Abuja (2008)
  • Hennessy Artistry, Lagos-September 2009
  • 100% Basketmouth in concert: Lord of the Ribs, Indig02, London – February 2010.
  • Rebirth, Reading UK – April 2010
  • Hennessy Artistry Theme Song (feat. Shina Peters, Nneka, Bez, Ice Prince and MI) – 2010
  • Hennessy Lagos Club Tour, 2010
  • Felabration – 2010
  • Hennessy Road Runners: Ikeja, Rehab
  • Hennessy Grand Finale, Gets Arena, Lagos – November, 2010
  • Face of Selara, Abuja – December, 2010
  • Play Bar, Calabar – December, 2010
  • Facon Republique, Fashion Show, Abuja – December, 2010
  • Rhythm Unplugged – Lagos, 2010
  • Rick Ross private party – Abuja
  • Rick Ross concert in Nigeria – December
  • NOKIA award winners ceremony – Lagos
  • Annual Trade Fair – Jos, 2010
  • Oniru Beach Concert Lagos, 2010
  • Lord of the Ribs – Lagos, 2010
  • Dynamix awards 2010
  • Glo lord of the Ribs – Abuja, 2011
  • Lord of the Ribs – London, 2011

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