[The Music Blog] Ice Prince vs Davido: When to put ‘veteran’ artists in their place

Recently, Ice Prince and Davido were reportedly involved in a near-brawl at a Delta-Alive concert in Warri. According to reports, the scuffle was initially because a luxury G-Wagon had been used to convey Davido from the airport, while Ice Prince was shuffled to the hotel in a saloon car instead. Eye witness reports further revealed Ice Prince further exacerbated what looked like a shallow oversight on the part of the organisers, by refusing to go on stage before Lil Kesh, who he deemed was a smaller brand compared to his. Davido, who apparently had a bone to pick with Ice before, took the chance to wage verbal wars with the rapper, in Lil’ Kesh’s defense. Further reports say, Davido had spent hours seeking a confrontation and banging on Ice Prince’s door and the duo had been placed in different airport lounges on their trip to avoid a total violent fall-out.

It’s not unimaginable to see Nigerian celebrities who still childishly engage fans on social media in petty banter about the worth of their personal wealth exhibit such low levels self-esteem , but this might just be a new a low for Ice Prince. The rapper-singer has slowly but effectively clambered into irrelevance over the past three years. To find Ice dueling set time with Lil Kesh, or be salty over a petty complaint like quality of car used to move him about, is not only funny, it’s pretty damn sad. This is not to say, Davido gets a free pass for banging outside Ice’s door, blood-thirsty and seeking confrontation but its also not difficult to conclude Ice may have brought this upon himself.

After the release of his debut album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince, in 2011, Ice Prince has gotten considerably and consistently worse with every release. Though early releases from the latest album, Jos To The World, hinted he may be refocusing on rapping once again, J2TW, still failed to regain fans who had given up on the rapper after the release of his watery sophomore, Fire of Zamani.

Davido may have gone a bit over the top, but the OBO is already known for his penchant for controversy and for him, this is just another day in the ville. Ice however, already lost fans to his tendency for pop music, to have him dragged about over this level of pettiness is a clear sign that even his colleagues are already catching on to his dwindling support and relevance.

This goes without saying that one great album does not make you an instant legend nor does it earn you respect points in the presence of younger artists who watched you rise to fame. If you ought to be dragged, you will be pulled by the ears and used to mop the floor.

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