Parker Ibrahim Ighile (born March 1, 1990), better known as Parker Ighile, is a British producer, rapper, singer and songwriter. He was born in London, England. He is currently signed to American musician Nicki Minaj's record label. As a producer, artist and songwriter he has worked with Quincy Jones, G-Eazy, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Grace, Delta Goodrem, Rita Ora, N-Dubz, Chipmunk, and Livvi Franc. At the age of 18, he started his professional music career, producing Chipmunk's song "Oopsy Daisy", which reached number one in the UK Charts.
|Birth name||Peter Ibrahim Ighile|
|Born||Pinner, London, England|
|Genres||R&B, pop, hip hop, grime, alternative hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, composer, singer, songwriter, rapper|
|Labels||Pink Friday Records|
|Associated acts||Chipmunk, Nicki Minaj|
Life and careerEdit
Early life and career beginningsEdit
Parker Ighile was born in London where he lived with his mother and sister Asabe Ighile. His father and mother are Nigerian, from Benin and Kaduna, respectively. He began composing and producing at the age of 11 when he and numerous church friends formed a rap group. In his teens made grime music under the name Piztol. The church his family attended was instrumental in Parker's early musical ventures and he studied music in college and university where he began learning music theory. Parker's music is influenced by a dynamic range of genres but more noticeably R&B, rap, garage and Bollywood music – due to frequent exposure to his grandmother’s diverse tastes in music and cinema.
At 18, Ighile produced & co-wrote his first of many major releases; Chipmunk's first & number one single, "Oopsy Daisy". Parker produced and co-wrote seven songs in total on the I Am Chipmunk album which peaked at number two in the UK album chart and was Certified Gold. He went on to write with The Invisible Men and Jessie J and co-wrote her debut single, "Do It like a Dude" as well as "Who's Laughing Now". More credits include a song on N-Dubz's Love.Live.Life album, which he cowrote with Ina Wroldsen. He used trans-genre influences to create a unique and dynamic sound and also produced Angel's "Wonderful", debuting at number 20 for the week ending July 21—reaching a peak on top 10 at number nine several weeks later; and Conor Maynard's "Vegas Girl".
2012-present: Record deal and Young, Dumb & 21Edit
Ighile teamed up with music strategist Efe Ogbeni, who was heavily involved in the success of producer RedOne, to help propel him further into the music business. On 15 November 2012, Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj announced that Ighile was signed as the first official artist to her as of yet, unnamed label. She has described his artistry as "lethal and dope". He has since produced Minaj's "Hell Yeah" and Rihanna's "What Now". In late 2012, a song titled "So Beautiful" leaked on the internet, and Ighile announced some weeks later on Twitter that he was working on a mixtape, Young, Dumb & 21, which is set to be released in early 2013 and that "So Beautiful" would act as the first single. Ighile's artistry is usually compared to Sting's and Fela's; and his production to that of Kanye West. On February 22, 2013, Parker released a music video for his mixtape's leading track, "So Beautiful", onto his official YouTube account. The video is set in black and white, which follows the story of a young couple. He would later release a remix to the song that features Nigerian musician MI Abaga. Vibe Magazine describes Ighile's sound as Electro-Soul. Ighile defined his sound as Progressive Urban Pop, PUP, sometimes referred to as Progressive Afro Pop, P.A.P during an interview with [Billboard.com]. Speaking about "So Beautiful" Ighile tells Billboard.com, “This song is an introduction to my sound, Progressive Urban Pop (P.U.P) or Progressive Afro Pop (P.A.P).”
Partnership with Samsung GalaxyEdit
Parker Ighile, in collaboration with Quincy Jones and Samsung, produced his own version of "Over the Horizon", the official song of the Samsung Galaxy products. The official song and video performance have been released on August 2013 on the Samsung Galaxy Music website.
Among his projects, Parker Ighile is executive producing Australian singer Grace Sewell.
During Summer 2013, Parker Ighile took part of the Quincy Jones 80th Birthday Celebration in Asia with concerts in Korea and Japan.
- 20?? – Young, Dumb and 21
As lead artistEdit
|Song||Release date||Music video|
|"Beneath The Silence"||mid-2013||Yes|
|"This Is America"||mid-2014||No|
As featured artistEdit
|"Hell Yeah"||Nicki Minaj featuring Parker Ighile||Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up|
Writing and production creditsEdit
|"Lose My Life"||Chipmunk featuring N-Dubz|
|"Beast"||Chipmunk featuring Loick Essien|
|"Business"||Chipmunk featuring Young Spray|
|"History"||Chipmunk featuring Wretch 32|
|"What If You Knew"||Gabriella Cilmi|
|"Love Sick"||N-Dubz featuring Ny|
|"Do It like a Dude"||Jessie J|
|"Who's Laughing Now"|
|"Vegas Girl"||Conor Maynard|
|"So Beautiful"||Parker Ighile|
|"Hell Yeah"||Nicki Minaj featuring Parker Ighile|
|"Heaven's Playground"||Parker Ighile|
|"Heart Hypnotic"||Delta Goodrem|
|"Beneath The Silence"||Parker Ighile|
|"The Opposition"||Parker Ighile|
|"This Is America||Parker Ighile featuring G-Eazy|
|"Four Door Aventador"||Nicki Minaj|
|"You Don't Own Me"||Grace featuring G-Eazy|
|"This Girl" (Parker Ighile House Of Hausa Mix)||Stafford Brothers featuring Eva Simons and T.I.|
- "Parker is Nicki's sole signing". 14 November 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Chipmunk beats The Saturdays to No.1". 11 October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Music | BMG Chrysalis US". Bmgchrysalis.com. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "2012-09-01 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- Vegas Girl
- "A&R, Record Label / Company, Music Publishing, Artist Manager and Music Industry Directory". Hitquarters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
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- "Nicki Minaj Interview Pt VI". Power 105.1 FM. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "So Beautiful". Rap-up. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "V Playlist: Juelz Santana, Cam'Ron, 2 Pistols x French Montana x Talib Kweli, And More". Vibe. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Music | Parker - So Beautiful". Singersroom. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- Lars Brandle (4 March 2013). "Parker Ighile, First Signing to Nicki Minaj's Label, Talks 'So Beautiful'". Retrieved 15 March 2013.