Panshak Henry Zamani popularly known by his stage name as Ice Prince is a famous Nigerian hip hop rapper, singer, songwriter, recording artist, stage performer, actor and a model. He has been described as one of the greatest rapper in Africa by several media organizations. He is very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented. He was born on 23rd October 1986 in the city of Minna, Niger State in the northern part of Nigeria. He is currently 31 years old.
At the age of 2 years old, he moved with his family to the mining city of Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria. While in Jos, Ice Prince completed his primary school education and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Ice Prince proceeded to St. Murumba College in Jos, Plateau State in the northern Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. After completing his secondary school education, Ice Prince attended Science Tutorial College in Jos, Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria.
In 1999, Ice Prince began writing his rap songs and started performing at social events held in school and university campus. It was not until 2001 that he began going to studios to record his songs. In 2002, Ice Prince met with a couple of his friends and together they formed a group called the “Ecomog Squad”. They had few performances as a group and split a year later.
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In 2004, Ice Prince met with M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve and Taz, and together they all became what is currently known today as the “Loopy Crew”. After completing his secondary school education, Ice Prince got admitted into the University of Jos in Plateau State in the northern part of Nigeria to study Zoology, but he couldn’t continue his studies because of some financial constraint at the time.
Ice Prince and M.I became friends at a very tender age and started rapping together in Jos and later became popular in the city of Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. He rose to fame after releasing the hit single “Oleku” featuring Brymo and later became one of Nigeria’s most remixed songs of all time.
In 2009, Ice Prince participated in the Hennessy Artistry competition, a competition organized by the Hennessy brand which supports urban and contemporary music and came out of the competition as the winner. Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City record label and Super Cool Cats records label. He currently has a son named Jamal Zamani.
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In 2004, Ice Prince released his debut hit single “Extraordinary Rewind” which received massive radio airplay in the city of Lagos and Abuja. It was also charted on Rhythm Fm’s Top 7 chart. It also topped first at NotJustOk Hype, Unilag FM, Zain Central Station, Inspiration Fm, Cosmo FM’s and Africa Connect Chat Show. In addition to that, it also charted at number 1 on Cool FM and Vision FM in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria.
Ice Prince has won Best International Act at BET Award and Best Rap Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Award. He rose to fame after releasing the hit single “Oleku” which he featured Brymo. He won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour. Ice Prince has received several achievements and awards in the music industry which include one Bet Award, one Ghana Music Award, three Headies Awards, two Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Channel O Music Video Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards.
Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City record label along side with M.I, Jesse Jagz and Brymo. In 2011, he released his first debut studio album “Everybody Loves Ice Prince”. It was later supported by top singles like Oleku, Superstar, Juju and Magician.
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In 2013, Ice Prince released his second debut studio album “Fire of Zamani”. The album contained hit singles like Aboki, More, Gimme Dat and I Swear”. On 1st July 2015, Ice Prince was announced as the new Vice President of Chocolate City, while M.I still remains the President.
Ice Prince has cited Notorious B.I.G, Rakim, Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Ludacris, Busta Ryhmes, Lauryn Hill, M.I and Jesse Jagz as his key musical influences. During an interview, he described M.I as his brother, his friend, his mentor and his source of inspiration.
Ice Prince currently has a son named Jamal with his babymama Bimbo Babatunde. In an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, Ice Prince stated that he dated Eva Alordiah when he first relocated to Lagos, Nigeria.
Ice Prince in the cause of his career has won several awards. In 2018, he won Best Rap single at the Headies Awards, Best Male Hip Hop Artist at the Future Africa Award and Best Rap Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Award. In 2014, he won Best Hip Hop at the MTV Africa Music Awards, Rap Artiste of the Year and Rap Album of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards. In 2012, he won African Artist of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards, amongst others.
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Ice Prince is currently one of the richest and most influential artist and hip hop rapper in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.
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