9ice, born Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande (born 17 January 1980) is a Nigerian musician.

Early life

Born into a polygamous home of five wives and nine children, in Ogbomosho, Oyo State in Western Nigeria. He grew up in Bariga suburbs of Lagos. 9ice had also dreamed of being a musician, which led him to drop out of the Lagos State University whilst studying Law. 9ice began singing at the age of 14.  His parents discovered his singing talent, and decided to allow him become a musician.

Career

In 1996, 9ice recorded his first demo titled Risi de Alagbaja, but it was not until 2000 that he released his first official solo song Little Money.

In 2008, he released the single Gongo Aso. With the song gaining popularity, 9ice was asked to perform at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert in London, United Kingdom in June 2008. He went on to win the Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards.

Gongo Aso won him four further awards at the 2009 edition of the Hip Hop World Awards held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja: the Album of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year and the Best Rap in Pop Album categories.

However, 9ice recently dropped another album which he titled “Tip of The Iceberg: Episode 1” to top his previously released albums.

Discography

  • Certificate (2007)
  • Gongo Aso (2008)
  • Tradition (2009)
  • Certificate and Tradition reloaded (2010)
  • Bashorun Gaa/Versus (2011)
  • CNN/GRA (2014)
  • Id Cabasa (2016)
  • G.O.A.T (2018)
  • Seku Seye (2020)
  • Tip of The Iceberg: Episode 1 (2020)

Awards

  • MOBO Best African Act 2008

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