The name Panshak Zamani may not ring a bell but if you’ve heard of Ice Prince then we can tell that you know Panshak Zamani.
The musician is popular for hit song, Oleku which was released a few years ago. The song is said to be one of the most remixed Nigerian songs of all time.
Ice Prince was born on the 30th October 1986. He was born in Minna in Niger State. When he was 2 years old, his family moved to the city of Jos in Plateau State.
Ice Prince attended St Murumba College and the Science Tutorial College in Jos. He later gained admission into the University of Jos to study Zoology but the death of his parents affected his educational aspirations. The rapper had lost his dad a few years before he gained admission into the university while his mother died shortly after he enrolled at the university. Ice Prince had to drop out of the university after which he focused on his music career.
In 1999, Ice Prince began composing rap songs and performing at social events in school and by 2001, the artist was already going to the studio to record.
He took his music career a step further when he formed the Ecomog Squad in 2002 but the group split after a year.
In 2004, he was able to connect with the likes of M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve and Taz. It was at this time he released his debut singles Extraordinary and Rewind.
These singles enjoyed radio airplay in Lagos and Abuja with the likes of Rhythm, Unilag FM, Zain Central Station, Cool Fm, Vision FM, Inspiration Fm, Top FM and Cosmo FM.
Subsequently, he moved to Abuja where he lived with MI and Jesse Jagz. They began making some money from shows and after some time they decided to relocate to Lagos.
It was in Lagos he met Djinee who allowed them to stay in his house. there were able to organize some shows where they enough money to move out of Djinee and rent their own apartment as well as buy some personal effects.
Not too long after, Ice Prince along with MI and Jesse Jagz signed record deals with entertainment company, Chocolate City.
Ice Prince won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour. His awards include one BET Award, one Ghana Music Award, three Headies Awards, two Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards.
Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City. He released his debut studio album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince in 2011. Singles like Oleku, Superstar, Juju and “Magician made this album quite popular.
In 2013, Ice Prince released his second studio album, Fire of Zamani. The album contained singles like Aboki, More, Gimme Dat and I Swear.
On the 1st of July 2015, Ice Prince was announced as the new Vice President of Chocolate City.
In 2009, Ice Prince was one of the participants at the Hennessy Artistry competition which is a competition organised by the Hennessy brand in support of urban and contemporary music. The competition featured Bez, Mo’Cheddah, Blaise, and Jimmy Flames.
Ice Prince emerged with his performance of his lead single “Badman.”
Ice Prince revealed that his musical Influences include Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, M.I and Jesse Jagz.
According to Ice Prince, he grew up with the popular rapper, M.I and he sees his relationship with him as loyal one. The artiste revealed that MI isn’t just a brother, friend and mentor.
When he relocated to Lagos he was in a relationship with another artist, Eva Alordiah.
The musician has a son named Jamal. The mother of the child is Bimbo Babatunde. It was said that Bimbo was in a relationship with Jesse Jagz at the time she was carrying Ice Prince’s child. Initially, the artist denied the pregnancy but he later accepted responsibility. Ice Prince has since maintained a cordial relationship with his child’s mother.
The musician began dating Maima Nkewa but the couple broke up in early 2017 when news broke that she was cheating on him. However, the artist refuted the claims and revealed that he was the one at fault not her.
Studio albums and movies
Below is a list of his studio albums
- Everybody Loves Ice Prince (2011)
- Fire of Zamani (2013)
- Jos to the World (2016)
Ice Prince has also featured in House of Gold and Shuga
Awards and Nominations
Below is a list of his awards and nominations
- 2014 Ben Tv Awards – Best Male Hip Hop Artist
- 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Rap Act of the Year
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Rap Act of the Year
- BET Awards 2013 Best International Act: Africa
- City People Entertainment Awards Best Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year
- 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards, Most Gifted Hip-hop Video of the Year, “Superstar”
- Best Rap Album
- Ghana Music Awards, African Artist of the Year
- 2011 The Headies 2011, Best Rap Single, “Oleku” (featuring Brymo)
- Song of the Year
- Channel O Music Video Awards, Most Gifted Newcomer Video “Oleku” (featuring Brymo)
- Dynamix All Youth Awards, Best New Artiste
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards Hottest Single of the Year
- City People Entertainment Awards, Song of the Year, “Oleku” (featuring Brymo)
- Eko FM/ Radio Lagos Awards Young Artiste of the Year
- 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour, Hennessy Artistry
Clash with Ice Prince, Davido and Lil Kesh
Recently, Ice Prince and Davido were involved in a clash at the Delta Alive concert organized by entertainment mogul, Shina Peller.
Ice Prince felt that he was not given the A-list luxury treatment that he deserved and he was made to perform before Lil Kesh.
Based on industry standards, it is an unwritten rule that the bigger artist performs last. But the artist was made to perform before Lil Kesh and Davido which he felt was a blow to his ego.