ID Cabasa Opens Up About Split with 9ice: A Look Back at the Past


Olumide Ogunade, widely recognized as ID Cabasa, a prominent Nigerian producer, has recently unveiled the reasons behind his separation from his former protege, 9ice, approximately 14 years ago.

In an enlightening interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, Cabasa disclosed the intricacies that led to their professional parting of ways.

The Unveiling of the Rift

The heart of the matter lay in Cabasa’s decision to continue collaborating with Toni Seun Payne, 9ice’s ex-wife, even after their relationship had ended.

Cabasa, a firm believer in maintaining professional associations, identified potential in working with Payne and recognized its significance for the sake of 9ice’s career.

A Decision Anchored in Professionalism

Cabasa elaborated that his decision was grounded in the realm of music and not entangled in the personal issues that had arisen between 9ice and his former spouse.


Payne held a position overseeing the artists signed to Cabasa’s Coded Tunes Record label.

This roster featured notable names like rapper Olamide, alongside 9ice himself.

The Unraveling After Breakup

As fate would have it, the relationship between Payne and 9ice soured following their tumultuous breakup.

Nevertheless, Cabasa chose to retain his professional collaboration with Payne, a choice that triggered tension between him and 9ice.

The artist felt betrayed by the producer’s continued alliance with his former wife, leading to a rupture in their longstanding bond.


A Contemplated Move

Cabasa’s rationale for maintaining Payne’s involvement in his team was underpinned by his concern for 9ice and his family.

The producer articulated that when he began promoting Olamide, he saw an opportunity to foster a reconciliation between 9ice and Payne.

By keeping Payne and her son Zion close to 9ice, Cabasa aimed to facilitate a connection that extended beyond music.

Cabasa shared, “I noticed she wanted a reconciliation.

I felt if she takes Zion abroad, 9ice may never see his son.”


In retrospect, ID Cabasa’s decision to prioritize professional relationships and his attempt to bridge personal gaps shed light on the intricacies of the Nigerian music industry.

The episode serves as a reminder that the dynamics of the industry often intertwine with personal lives, shaping the trajectories of artists and their collaborators.

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