Born Shasha Damilola Alesh better known by his stage name Dice Ailes, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper currently signed under Chocolate City. Dice Ailes gained recognition in 2016 after signing a record deal with chocolate city in 2014. He officially shot into limelight with the release of his critically acclaimed single “Miracle”, a song he featured YAGI boss, Lil Kesh.
Dice Ailes is a fast rising singer and rapper who has a promising career that can be invested on. He is a contemporary rapper and singer who can be also categorize to be an Afro-pop singer . He is of Nigerian/Ghanaian decent is a versatile Artist with a Rap/Afro Pop sound.
The chat-topping hit single “Miracle” scaled him through to the town of big stars and the single was ranked third by TooXclusive on its list of the “Top 10 Songs for the month of October” 2016. The following year which is 2017, the aforementioned music portal named him as “one of the sixteen artists you need to know. Ever since he released “Miracle” his life has turned out to be a Miracle as he keeps gaining more ground locally and internationally. He has released several hit songs including Machinery, Ella, Miracle and lot more.
Early Life, Career And Education
Shasha Damilola Alesh popularly called Dice Ailes is a Nigeria fast rising rapper born 17 March ,1996 in Victoria Island, Lagos state Nigeria . Dice started his music career at a very young age at age 9 , he loves writing poems, influenced by his uncles who were songwriters at that time, his mother was a member of the choir in the church and young Dice wanted to fit in by doing what the family is known for. His first introduction to music started in the church choir where he beat boxed to music composed and rehearsed for church services. Young Dice had a soft spot for music right from his early age and wanted to be a professional musician by all means. After dreaming, craving and longing to become a musician all his life , he finally had the luxury to follow his dream at the age of 15.
Starting his music career was one thing but funding it was another thing, this time there was anybody to help him with money and as God would have it, he had some money left which he realised from his saving. He used the money to produce a song which was his first single titled ‘I Can’t Wait ft Rado’ (his Uncle). The subsequent year, young Dice was able to air his single on Rhythm 93.7, which earned him an appearance on DJ Jimmy Jatt’s “Jimmy’s Jump Off”. He was allowed to to appear on DJ Jimmy Jatt’s “Jimmy’s Jump Off” as a result of his impression.
After inking his name in the book of Nigerian musician, young Dice traveled down to Canada with his family to further his education. His parents didn’t discourage him from pursuing his career despite being young and needed to concentrate on his studies , they supported his idea because they trusted the direction fate was leading him to. As much as they supported him in his music quest they also wanted him to get a level of education before facing music fully. Along the line Dice stumbled on Stephen Oruwari (alias Tee Tash) in Canada who was a young entrepreneur. Tee Tash had a keen interest in Dice Ailes’ talent and signed him to a Production Agreement.
Tee Tash focused on building and developing his talent into what people would appreciate. Dice kept recording new song while he was in Canada and it came to a point when he needed some promote, Dice Ailes alongside Tee Tash, flew to Nigeria to promote his music that was in year 2013 precisely. It was during that visit to Nigeria that they met M.I Abaga. M.I was instantly impressed by Dice Ailes after listening to a few songs of his songs, he nods his head continiously and later called a meeting with Chocolate City’s Top Management. Dice was officially signed to Chocolate City in the year 2014.
Dice Ailes schooled in Nigeria and Ghana before traveling to Canada where he studied at York University, Canada. After few years , he traveled back to Nigeria to start his music career . In 2014, Dice released his debut single titled “Fantasy“ which was a huge success, he also released other hit singles like, machinery, Odun De, Telephone, Oh no. Young Dice also teamed up with MI to work on Drakes “Controlla” refix. Also featured on YungAce track, “Kilode”.
2016: Beat FM Xmas Concert
On 21 December 2016, Dice Ailes shared stage with like’s of WSTRN, Krept and Konan, Migos alongside Lil Kesh at the “Beat FM Xmas concert” 2016 in Lagos.
In an interview with Tush Magazine, Dice Ailes describes his style of music as “Afro-pop RnB”.
In his words:
“I’m a pretty versatile artist. I don’t have a specific genre. I started off rapping, then as I grew up it sort of just graduated to a lot of different stuff. So right now, I just do Afro-pop, RnB; you know what I’m saying, I just mix everything up.
Dice Ailes Popular Songs
- His official single titled “Fantasy“ in the year 2014
- Odun De,
- Oh no
- Miracle featuring Lil Kesh
- Ella(most recent)
As featured Artist
“Brooklyn” (Ice Prince feat. Dice Ailes)
“Awon Temi” (Loose Kaynon featuring Dice Ailes & Koker)
“Olohungbo” (Masterkraft feat. Ceeza, YCEE & Dice Ailes)
“No Favors” (Yung6ix feat. Dice Ailes & Mr. Jollof)
Dice Ailes Age
The fast rising rapper was born 17 March ,1996 therefore he is currently 21 years old.
Dice Ailes Net Worth
Awards and Nominations
1. He won the Best Male Artist 2015 African Entertainment Awards
2. He won the Most Fashionable Fast Rising Music Artist 2015 Lagos Fashion Award
3. Dice Ailes was nominated for Best New Artiste at tooXclusive Awards 2015
4. Dice Ailes was nominated for Rookie of The Year at The Headies 2016
DICE AILES for an interview where he covered answers to questions about his Chocolate City signing, music career, schooling and of course, his relationship status.
What genre of music do you specialize in?
I’m a pretty versatile artist. I don’t have a specific genre. I started off rapping, then as I grew up it sort of just graduated to a lot of different stuff. So right now, I just do Afro-pop, RnB; you know what I’m saying, I just mix everything up.
How did you land your Chocolate City signing?
I came to Nigeria from Canada in 2013 to push a song called YEMISI and just to familiarize myself with the industry and meet people here. While I was here, somehow I got to meet with M.I through a mutual friend; his name is Frank De Nero. So he was coming over to M.I’s house to record a song and I just tagged along. When we got there we played M.I some of my songs and he was like “damn I think he can make it big”. Then the next day we had a meeting with Audu Maikori and that’s how it all started.
So far, what has the experience been like?
It’s been great. When I was younger I used to listen to the Choc Boys; M.I, Ice Prince and all of them. So it just feels good to be one of them now and have people call me a “Choc Boy” (smiles).
That must feel really good.
Earlier you said you’re in your final year at NYU. Did you put school on hold to pursue your music career?
Yeah, I actually had to do that. I was trying to finish online but it was so much of a task for me because I was too busy doing interviews, performing and all that stuff. So it was taking all the time I needed for school.
So you kind of deferred for now?
Yeah, but I’m finishing this year though.
Okay, how did your parents react to the decision to take a break from school? Were they supportive?
Yeah, it just popped into my head. So how do you handle attention from female fans, admirers and all?
You know, shortly before you came in someone was gisting me about how you went somewhere for an interview and one of the junior writers had a mad crush on you and she could not even stay in the room. She was all smiles and bashful. So how do you handle situations like that? You know when people are screaming and excited like “Dice, oh my God!!”
(Laughs) I mean, I’m receptive towards it. It just shows me I’m doing something good and I embrace it. That’s
a sign of appreciation.