Fire of Zamani

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Fire of Zamani
Ice Prince's Fire of Zamani album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 28, 2013 (2013-10-28)
Recorded2012-2013
Genre
Length61:00
LabelChocolate City
Producer
Ice Prince chronology
Everybody Loves Ice Prince
(2011)
Fire of Zamani
(2013)
Trash Can
(2015)
Singles from Fire of Zamani
  1. "Aboki"
    Released: August 28, 2012
  2. "More"
    Released: August 28, 2012
  3. "Gimme Dat"
    Released: April 24, 2013
  4. "I Swear"
    Released: September 9, 2013

Fire of Zamani (abbreviated as FOZ) is the second studio album by Nigerian hip hop recording artist Ice Prince. It was released by Chocolate City on October 28, 2013. The album was executively produced by Audu Maikori, Paul Okeugo, Yahaya Maikori, and Jude Abaga. It was mastered by Sean Stan of Vintage Sounds Production.[1] The album's production was primarily handled by Chopstix, a member of Grip Boiz City, along with additional production from Don Jazzy, Jay Sleek, Sammy Gyang, and E-Kelly. It features guest appearances from Sunny Neji, Wale, M.I, Chip, Ruby Gyang, Wizkid, French Montana, Jesse Jagz, Olamide, Sound Sultan, Burna Boy, Yung L, Jeremiah Gyang, Shaydee, and Morell.[2] The album was supported by four singles—"Aboki", "More", "Gimme Dat", and "I Swear". It was marketed to East Africans by the distribution platform Mdundo.[3]

Background and promotion[edit]

Ice Prince first announced the album's title and release timeframe during an interview with Toolz on NdaniTV's The Juice. He said, "I'm working on an album for 2013. I can't announce the date yet but later on in the year, there will be an album called the Fire of Zamani. One of the stories I'm trying to tell is that criticism brings out the beast and fire in you. Often being criticized from my first album, I'm working on the next album like I've never worked on anything in my life before".[4] Furthermore, he said he heard the phrase Fire of Zamani while listening to 2face's The Unstoppable album. Fire of Zamani was initially scheduled for release on September 9, 2013, in order to commemorate the victims of a 2001 Jos crisis.[5][6] On October 17, 2013, Ice Prince revealed the album's artwork as a collage consisting of small posters.[7] Four days later, he released its track listing.[8] Fire of Zamani is available on the Spinlet platform, a digital media library application similar to iTunes.[9][10]

Chocolate City held an album launch concert on November 23, 2013, at the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotels and Suites.[11] The concert featured performances from Ice Prince, Chip, M.I Abaga, Don Jazzy, Olamide, Burna Boy, Sunny Neji, Yung L, Ruby, Morell, Jeremiah Gyang, DJ Caise and DJ Edu.[12] In December 2013, Ice Prince held an album listening session at the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg. He gave a detailed account of each song on the album and signed autograph copies of the album for each guest. The event was hosted by South African rapper Da L.E.S.[13]

Singles and other releases[edit]

The album's lead single "Aboki" (Hausa: Friend) was released on August 28, 2012. The song was produced by Chopstix and celebrates some of the most successful individuals from Northern Nigeria.[14] The music video for "Aboki" was directed by Phil Lee in Los Angeles.[15]

The album's second single "More" was also released on August 28. Its music video was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. British-Nigerian singer Lola Rae played Ice Prince's love interest in the video.[16][17] "Gimme Dat" was released as the album's third single on April 23, 2013. The song was also produced by Chopstix and features vocals by Yung L, Burna Boy and Olamide.[18] An alternative version of the song, featuring Wande Coal, surfaced on the internet after the release of the official version.[19] The French Montana and Shaydee-assisted track "I Swear" was released as the album's fourth single on September 9, 2013.[20] The music video for the song was shot and directed in the U.S by J.R Saint.[21]

On February 20, 2014, Ice Prince premiered the Sesan-directed music video for "Jambo".[22] On May 28, 2014, he released the music video for "Whiskey"; it was directed by Aje Filmworks and features cameo appearances from Sunny Nneji and DJ Caise.[23] In an interview with MTV UK in April 2014, Ice Prince said he would release the music video for "Mercy", a song that features a verse from British rapper Chip.[24] On August 6, 2014, Ice Prince released a video for the AKA-assisted remix of "N Word".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Nigerian Entertainment Today2.5/5 stars[25]
Hit Play Online7/10[26]
9janinja4.8/10[27]

Fire of Zamani received mixed reviews from music critics. Mackson Okotie awarded the album 7 stars out of 10, commending Ice Prince for trying to cover all genres of Nigerian music.[26] Reviewing for YNaija, Wilfred Okiche called the album "easily accessible and ridiculously catchy" and said it "shines as bright as Ice wants it to".[28]

In a negative review, Ayomide Tayo of Nigerian Entertainment Today gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, saying the "lack of a solid theme running through the LP makes the whole project sound all over the place."[25] Toye Trill of 9jaNinja granted the album 4.8 stars out of 10, adding "there were so much reggae infusion into Ice's verses, that lyrically only few songs didn't have evidence of Ice Prince's inner rasta man, for a supposed rap album."[27]

Accolades[edit]

Fire of Zamani was nominated for Rap Album of the Year at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards.[29]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results
2014 City People Entertainment Awards Rap Album of the Year Nominated

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Stars and Light" (featuring Ruby Gyang)
  • Panshak Zamani
  • Ruby Gyang
Sammy Gyang5:22
2."Skit by MC Longs"MC Longs0:52
3."Aboki"ZamaniChopstix3:07
4."My Life"ZamaniSammy Gyang4:52
5."Mercy" (featuring Chip)
  • Zamani
  • Jahmaal Bailey
Chopstix4:03
6."Whiskey" (featuring Sunny Nneji)
  • Zamani
  • Sunny Nneji
Sammy Gyang4:52
7."N Word"ZamaniDon Jazzy3:45
8."Tipsy" (featuring Wale and Morell)
  • Zamani
  • Olubowale Akintimehin
  • Morell
Chopstix3:37
9."Jambo"ZamaniChopstix3:32
10."No Die Tomorrow"ZamaniSammy Gyang4:00
11."Gimme Dat" (featuring Yung L, Burna Boy, and Olamide)
  • Zamani
  • Yung L
  • Damini Ogulu
  • Olamide Adedeji
Chopstix4:51
12."Komotion" (featuring Wizkid)
  • Zamani
  • Ayodeji Balogun
Chopstix3:30
13."I Swear" (featuring French Montana and Shaydee)
  • Zamani
  • Karim Kharbouch
Chopstix3:39
14."Person Wey Sabi"ZamaniChopstix4:52
15."Kpako" (featuring M.I and Jesse Jagz)
  • Zamani
  • Jude Abaga
  • Jesse Garba Abaga
Chopstix4:31
16."Pray" (featuring Sound Sultan)
  • Zamani
  • Olanrewaju Fasasi
Chopstix3:55
17."More"ZamaniChopstix4:26
18."On My Knees" (featuring Jeremiah Gyang)
  • Zamani
  • Jeremiah Gyang
Sammy Gyang5:22
Total length:61:00
Notes
  • "—" denotes a skit

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Fire of Zamani:

  • Audu Maikori – executive producer
  • Paul Okeugo – executive producer
  • Yahaya Maikori – executive producer
  • Panshak Zamani – primary artist, writer
  • Olubowale Victor Akintimehin – featured artist, writer
  • Sunny Nneji – featured artist
  • Jude Abaga – executive producer, featured artist, writer
  • Jahmaal Bailey – featured artist, writer
  • Ruby Gyang – featured artist, writer
  • Ayodeji Balogun – featured artist, writer
  • Karim Kharbouch – featured artist, writer
  • Olamide Adedeji – featured artist, writer
  • Olanrewaju Fasasi – featured artist, writer
  • Damini Ogulu – featured artist, writer
  • Yung L – featured artist, writer
  • Jeremiah Gyang – featured artist, writer
  • Shaydee – featured artist, writer
  • Morell – featured artist, writer
  • Chopstix – mixer, producer
  • Michael Collins Ajereh – producer
  • Jay Sleek – producer
  • Sammy Gyang – mixer, producer
  • E-Kelly – producer
  • Sean Stan – mastering

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Nigeria October 28, 2013 CD, Digital download Chocolate City Music Label

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