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 release[edit]

Ice Prince first announced the title and release timeframe of the album 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] On October 21, 2013, he released the track listing for the album.[8] Fire of Zamani is available on the Spinlet platform, a digital media library application similar to iTunes.[9][10]

Promotion and listening session[edit]

To celebrate the release of Fire of Zamani, Ice Prince and Chocolate City held an album launch on November 23, 2013, at the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotels and Suites.[11] The concert featured performances from 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]

On August 28, 2012, Ice Prince and Chocolate City released the album's lead single "Aboki" (Hausa: Friend); it was produced by Chopstix and celebrates some of the most successful individuals from Northern Nigeria. Commenting on the single, Ice Prince said, "I’m absolutely excited about my new project; I feel it shows my fans a different side to me. My whole approach to the music, the delivery, my thought process is different from how it was last year". [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. It stars Lola Rae, a British Nigerian recording artist known for her single, "Watch My Ting Go".[16][17] On April 24, 2013, Ice Prince released the album's third single "Gimme Dat". The song was also produced by Chopstix and features vocals from 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 album's fourth single "I Swear" was released on September 9, 2013; it features American rapper French Montana and Nigerian singer Shaydee.[20] The music video for the song was directed by J R Saint in the U.S.[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", starring Sunny Nneji and DJ Caise. The video ran for 4 minutes and 59 seconds and was directed by Aje Filmworks.[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 remix to the Don Jazzy-produced track "N Word"; the song features AKA and did not make the album.

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 was met with mixed reviews from music critics. Tayo Ayomide of Nigerian Entertainment Today gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, adding, "The lack of a solid theme running through the LP makes the whole project sound all over the place. Instead Fire of Zamani is glued with glossy beats, catchy hooks and over simple writing."[25] Toye Trill of 9jaNinja gave the album a 4.8 out of 10, adding that "there were so much reggae infusion into Ice' verses, that lyrically only few songs didn't have evidence of Ice Prince's inner rasta man, for a supposed rap album, it got annoying at a point."[27] Mackson Okotie gave the album 7 stars out of 10, stating, "His lyrical prowess speaks volume of his passion, sweat and efforts in a bid to deliver as promised. #FOZ is a follow-up to his incredibly lauded debut – Everybody Loves Iceprince [E.L.I]. He tried to cover all genres of Nigerian music. Featuring the new school artistes and the oldies too. A big credit to him for that."[26]

Reviewing for YNaija, Wilfred Okiche said, "Fire of Zamani burns as bright as he wants it to, with Ice carefully dousing the flames anytime they threaten to spread beyond his control zone. The songs glide by easily and go down smoothly. Easily accessible and ridiculously catchy, ‘FOZ’ has Ice Prince tuned to his audience as he glides between the good stuff and the bad, the songs of fire and those of ice."[28]

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

Personnel[edit]

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

Release history[edit]

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

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