Prince Ikeem

Nearly two years ago, the 10-year-old son of recording artiste Prince Ikeem was shot and killed. Despite the void that the loss of his only child has left, the deejay — who is apart of Popcaan's Unruly Camp — has forged ahead to release a seven-track EP in his honour titled Nuh Emotion.

"This EP was a tribute to my 10-year-old son who was murdered in Trench Town on July 16, 2021, so this was to keep him alive where the music is concerned," he told the Jamaica Observer's Splash.

"My hopes and expectations are just for this project to reach as wide an audience as possible so they can be aware of the terrible incident that occurred in my life; it's left me paranoid for my remaining time here on Earth. It will hopefully reach people who may be experiencing difficulties or possibly the same down feeling I am going through as well," he added.

The EP, which was jointly produced by G36 Records, Lil Fry Yiy Records, and Unruly Ent, was released on March 2. It is the follow-up of his May 2022 EP Lil Fya Fighter.

The entertainer, whose given name is Akeem Bogle, had very little to say about the incident which altered his life forever, but noted that justice has yet to be served.

"Honestly, that's a question I'm not really sure about and even justice won't return him to life but I've put all my pain in the hands of my creator," he said.

Meanwhile, Prince Ikeem is planning a tour across Jamaica to promote his music and attract new fans.

"We are doing an island tour, going to at least six different parishes. We started with St Elizabeth on the 25th and Mandeville on the 26th. Next up, we have Linstead, St Thomas and St Mary, ending with the final night in Trench Town," Prince Ikeem said.

The artiste has been on his musical journey for over a decade and a half.

Throughout his career he has released several tracks, among them Mankind, Warm Up, Gringo Dem Place and Tear Drops.

The deejay has high hopes for his career in the coming months.

"With this current tour of our nice and loving island, I'll just use this opportunity to dance at home before I really go out there abroad to do the same thing. I will also continue to master my performance craft, while building my fanbase," Prince Ikeem said.

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer entertainment@jamaicaobserver.com

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