The point of a Grammy has repeatedly been used to pelt 9ice since he released, ‘Street Credibility.’

9ice says that he only promised himself a Grammy. (Guardian NG)
In 2008, Nigerian veteran, 9ice released his classic sophomore album, ‘Gongo Aso’ and on it was the smash hit collaboration with 2Face Idibia, ‘Street Credibility.’ On it, 9ice sang that, “Don’t doubt me, I go bring home Grammy…”
It created expectation like no other that has since descended into baseless mockery from Nigerians – 9ice has not delivered on the promise.

Speaking on the matter recently, he says, “People are getting it wrong. I didn’t promise anyone a Grammy award; I promised myself. I promised myself a lot of things. I promised myself a Music of Black Origin award and I got it. I promised myself to be one of the most reckoned with artistes and I’ve achieved that.

The Grammy award has been one of my targets as well. There is a Yoruba adage that says, ‘Ba o ku, ise o tan’ which literally means, ‘If there is life, anything can still happen’. I’m still doing music and who says I cannot get it (Grammy award) tomorrow? I still have that belief and I know God will do it for me.”

9ice also dispelled with notions that he moved to America with his family and started working as a security guard. 9ice is not the only Nigerian artist who has faced backlash for his Grammy desires. Another is Skales who released a freestyle titled, ‘Heading For A Grammy‘ in 2009.