Tribute To Da Grin – DJ Don X Mix

RIP: Don X

RIP: Don X

If we do not commemorate our heroes, no one will. Diasporaw would like to join many who were remembering and celebrating the life of late Nigerian rapper, Da Grin, who died in a car crash, on 22 April 2010. We would like to share DJ Don X’s tribute mix with you as we remember the life of the promising rapper. A lot of of people expected this rapper to reach the heights that Tupac and Biggie Smalls reached, but unfortunately, he faced a fate similar to those rappers and is remembered in the same fashion in the African hip hop circles.

Da Grin made authentic hip hop music but rapped in his native, Yoruba language. He brought a strong African feel to the modern genre. He was in a class of his own. He was famously known for tracks such as “Ghetto Dream”, “Pop Pon Pon” and “Kondo”, among many others. A lot of his work was remixed, refixed and repackaged after his death and received a lot of attention from fans. A movie on his life and death was shown in Cinemas in Lagos on the anniversary of his death. You can download and enjoy Don X’s tribute mix by clicking here or on Dee’Jay Don X’s website. RIP Da Grin.

If you want to know more about who is Da Grin is and what happened to him, here is an excerpt from

Today, 22nd of April 2010, Nigerian rapper, Da Grin – real name – Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun passed away at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
23 year old, Da Grin was involved in a ghastly accident during the early hours of 14th of April 2010. According to reports, his car collided with a stationary trailer (heavy duty vehicle), he sustained injuries but was rushed to the hospital.
Four days after the accident, goodwill messages flowed from fans and colleagues all around the world. All were hoping that he would recover and proceed with his career.
He had just been nominated for several Hip Hop World Awards and was still billed to perform at his first international show in May 2010 but it was not to be.
Da Grin passed away from reported ‘cardiac arrest’.
Since his death, tributes have been pouring in for this well respected and immensely talented artiste.
Our prayers are with Da Grin’s family. We pray for strength and grace to empower them through this tragedy.
We also pray for our country Nigeria and continent Africa, that we will rise above and develop so that young lives will not be lost due to poor infrastructure and failed systems.
Da Grin’s music and legacy lives on.

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