M.I Abaga – Biography

M.I – Biography abaga

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The
Mr. Incredible ‘;M.I’; goes by the real name of Jude Abaga. He was born
to, Pastor and Mrs Abaga from Takum, Taraba state, both of Nigerian
descent in the city of Jos Plateau State. He attended Baptist High
School, Jos where his mother purchased basic music notations and later, a
7-key mini piano which launched him into the music world. Jude has two
brothers, Jesse Jagz who is also in the Nigerian and African music
scene, and Jason Abaga.
MI Abaga Jesse Jagz
During
M.I’;s adolescence, he would listen to tracks from Lauryn Hill, Bob
Marley, Sarah Machlaclan, Pablo Neruda, Jay-Z and DMX. His venture in
the hip hop world started with the sampling of musical works from DMX
and Lauryn Hill as early as 1998. After his stint at Calvin College,
Michigan, USA, he delved into poetry while pursuing a career in Business
and Economics. There, he performed regularly at the school’;s major hip
hop shows and concerts. His impressive rap flows and attitude gained
him a third place finish at the Calvin College show tagged &#
8216;HipHopera’; in 2003, which was actually the only “;hip hop show”;
that Calvin College ever had. M.I. also made some amateur attempts at
comedy, but decided to stick to music because he was embarrassed when
nobody laughed but him.
M.I began his music career when he
returned to Nigeria in 2003. Finding his place in an industry dominated
by the likes of Modenine, Ruggedman and Eedris Abdulkareem, he quickly
commenced the production of mixtapes with his friend Djinee. This led to
the critically acclaimed single “;Safe”;, (a song which he parodied
popular Nigerian songs in its lyrics) which has gathered impressive
airplay by African radio and music video stations such as MTV Vibe. The
track also earned him awards at the Nigerian Music Video Awards, City
People, N.E.A amongst others.
The hype surrounding the release of
Safe led to the critical acclaim given to his first studio album titled
&# 8220;Let’;s Talk About It”;. The album gathered awards such as
Musician of the Year (Modemen Awards in 2008), Best Hip Hop Artist (City
People Awards).. He later went on to bring out a sample mixtape,
ILLEGAL MUSIC,in which he fully exploits his lyrical prowess.
loopy records
Back
in Jos Nigeria, he teamed up with his brother,Jesse Jagz, IcePrince,
Ruby, Threadstone, Lindsay, Moses (Elbulk),E kelly to form a record
label, called LOOPY records, and they perform every Sunday at an open
bar, with a theme tagged Jam Session. M.I was later signed to the
Chocolate City company, a renowned music label in Nigeria, which made
him move from Jos city to the nation’;s capital Abuja and also
influenced the beginning of his successful career in the Nigerian music
industry. He has also received international recognition in South Africa
from the popular Channel O music Award, MTVbase Awards and also the
American BET Awards. A proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and
instrumentalist, M.I has been described by DIV as the future of African
hip-hop. He has produced and featured on the works of artists like, Don
Jazzy, Threadstone (Nigeria’;s first rock band,Kel, Djinee, Shifi (Styl
Plus), Jesse Jags, Ice Prince, Ruby, Lindsey, Leony e.t.c. He also runs a
production company, Rytchus Era Productions with his brother Jesse
Abaga (Jesse Jagz).
In 2013 he was appointed by Nigerian
telecommunication company Glo Mobile as a brand ambassador alongside
other Nigerian artistes like Omawunmi, Burna Boy etc. He was also a
judge in Glo X-Factor, the Nigerian version of the reality singing show
in 2013.
M.I. to host Headies 2012
M.I
has won Several Awards including the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 and
was Nominated for BET 2010 Awards for the Best International Act
Category. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song “;Crowd
Mentality”; became popular in his hometown Jos. He is signed to
Chocolate City music label. On the 11th of December 2008, M.I released
his critically acclaimed debut album, Talk About It.
Below are some events that contributed to his fame&# 8230;
–; His first album sold 30,000 copies in the first 30 minutes of release (TJoe distributions December 2008)
–;
Hit singles include: Safe, Crowd mentality, Teaser, Short black boy,
Anoti, Fast Money Fast Cars, Number 1, Undisputed Champion, Action Film.
–; His second album, MI2: The Movie, is the highest selling album on the most popular Nigerian musical website
–; In the week of the second album release, November 2010, MI was number 7 trending topic globally on Twitter.
M.I’;s
role in the music industry cannot be overstated. He has been
responsible for bringing out many upcoming artistes such as Wizkid,
Vypa, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Pype, Ice Prince and the latest is Brymo. He has
been described by many Nigerian hip hop fans as Nigeria’;s ‘;Hip Hop
Messiah&# 8217;. MI has done a lot to bring a Northern presence to
the Nigerian music industry, he depicts the perfect example of bringing
Nigeria together. His music is conscious; therefore he is a leader in
many ways to the youth of Nigeria. He is the founder of Loopy Records,
and he is signed to Chocolate City. M.I produces with Chocolate City,
and has produced albums and songs for his label mates. The most notable
of these being in 2011 when he produced two songs of Ice Prince’;s album
Everybody Loves Ice Prince.
There has been a little rivalry
between Nigerian artists, M.I. Abaga and Kelly Hansome. This started
when M.I. in his track Fast Money, Fast Cars stated, “;Kelly Hansome is
handsome, I’ll tell him when I see him. But if I want a man, it’d be
Keke or D1″;. Kelly Hansome did not take kindly to these words and from
there they both have gone track for track with Kelly Hansome releasing
Catch Me If You Can, where he goes in on the whole Chocolate City label.
In response, the Choc City camp released Nobody Test Me with a line
from M.I talking directly to Kelly Hansome, saying, ”; Only one Kelly
that I know, Kelly Rowland. Why would I diss them, give them cheap
promotion. I think that they&# 8217;re so dry, I should give them
lotion”;. Later, Kelly Hansome released Chocolate Boys (Chocolate City
members). M.I. released a track on his 2010 album, M.I.2 named Beef.
With Kelly hearing this, brought out the track Finish You Boy.
In
2009 a US-based rapper by the name Iceberg Slim released a single titled
Mr International where he said the lines: “;Am I better than M.I? I
don’;t know. Am I? Matter of fact you should ask M.I”;. That apparently
didn&# 8217;t sit too well with M.I, prompting him to release a
single known as “;Somebody Wants To Die&# 8221;, featuring his label
mate Ice Prince on the track. Less than 48 hours after the release of
M.I’s Somebody Wants To Die, IceBerg Slim released Assassination and
sources quote that his Facebook status at the time of the release read
“;‘Somebody Wants To Die’, I’ll be responsible for the ‘Assassination’ …
let the countdown begin … (I told em it would be a M.I.stake, but they
didn’t listen)”;. There was a contest in the mind of rap fans on who
happened to be the best rapper in Nigeria. M.I developed more fans than
Iceberg Slim and had more hit records, while Iceberg Slim gained hearts
on Nigerian rap fans in a very short and unusual period. In 2012, both
rappers decided to sweep the feud under the rug. Iceberg stated, “;I
don&# 8217;t think I picked on MI. It was a healthy competition in
Hip-Hop, which most people don’;t understand. In Hip-Hop community, we
could be best friends or brothers and I can say I’m the best rapper in
the world and no one takes offense or takes it personal. My shot at MI
wasn’;t a sign of disrespect in any way. Though sarcastic, it was
healthy. People just took it out of context and thought I was dissing
him. Rap music is all about competition because it helps you grow and
improve on yourself”;
His popularity has quickly reached the youth
of Nigeria as he has become one of the most critically acclaimed
Nigerian artists, and has recently been compared to other artists like
Naeto C, D’;banj, 9ice and Mode 9. He was listed as the 4th most
talented rapper in Nigeria by online music site Notjustok.com.
Meanwhile,It
was heard that M.I was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador
in 2012. M.I also supports the Jostified campaign.
Here are some of the awards he has won so far,
Best Rap Album 2009 –HipHop world Awards
Hip Hop Revelation 2009 –; HipHop World Awards
Best New Act of the Year 2009 – Nigerian Entertainment Awards
Best Rap Single 2008 –; HipHop World Awards
Musician of the Year– Modemen Awards 2008
Best Hip Hop- MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
Best New Act- MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
Best Use of Special Effects in a video-NMVA 2009
Best Mainstream Hiphop Video-NMVA 2009
Musician of the Year-The Future Awards 2010
Musician of the Year – City People 2010
Artist of the Year – National Daily 2010
Musician of the Year – Malaysian African Entertainments Awards 2010
Most Amiable Brand – Orange Wall of Fame 2010

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