TROD is yet another local rapper in the buzz. Born Olatubosun Olaonipekun, the young chap is a kid brother to the late Dagrin. He made it to the top 5 finalists at the Olamide’s Who U Epp Competition. TROD, who recently shot a street viral video in a brief chat with ‘Wole Oduwole talks about his emergence and influence by Dagrin.
TROD, I assume that’s an abbreviation or something. what’s the story behind the name?
Truly the name TROD is an abbreviation which means The Return Of Dagrin. People really think everything about Dagrin is gone and forgotten. But for real, I believe since I’m alive, people who love Dagrin will always have it in their heart that his legacy still lives everywhere. I don’t mean I’m gonna become Dagrin, No! Because no one on this earth can be like him. I just wanna be me and do my own thing.
As a sibling to the late Dagrin, has it fetched you some favour at any point?
Sure, I’m a rapper and no rapper in this Nigerian Music Industry can say he or she hasn’t been inspired by Dagrin’s songs. We all have something to pick from either his lyrics or vibes. Dagrin is not just a legend, he’s left a legacy has now become a trend in the industry. Not only that, a legacy which now puts food on the table of many families.
Anything remarkable about the legend?
He’s been the best in everything called Rap in the Music Industry
Which artistes would you like to work with?
Currently, I will like to work with Brymo, 2face, Reminisce, Banky W, Wizkid, Don Jazzy, Simi, 9ice, Asa, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, MI, Sean Tizzle, Olamide and Davido
You just shot a street viral video that is similar to Dagrin’s Pon Pon Pon, are you creating your own style or following the path of the late CEO?
Yes sure. I’ve been keeping it real since Dagrin died. So I think I also enjoy it, dwelling in my own culture. Though, right now, my rap is not gonna be on Yoruba alone but the universal indigenous thing.
What should your fans expect from you soon?
Ehn ehn! A lot of things are on ground,
Just expect Dagrin in a new dimension
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