Hey Guys , its another Celebrity of the week Segment on Evateseblog and im actually excited. On this segment i would be talking about an exceptional Nigerian Artist and Rap Living Legend,A proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and instrumentalist . This is no one else but Mr Incredible – M.I

M.I-Abaga

M.I was born as Jude Abaga on 4th October 1981in Umahia Abia state to Pastor and Mrs Abaga who hail from Takum in Taraba State,Nigeria.

 Jude has two brothers, Jesse Jagz who is also in the Nigerian and African music scene, and Jason Abaga.

MI attended  Baptist High School, Jos. Then later  moved on to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, before proceeding  to Calvin College in Michigan.Jude Abaga has two other siblings namely Jesse Jags and Jason Abaga.

Jesse , Jason ,  Jude Abaga
The Abaga Clan: Jesse , Jason , Jude Abaga

Jude Abaga caught the music flu when he was young at a very tender age to the extent that even his mother purchased basic music notations and later, a 7-key mini piano .

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Also both parents were active members of the local Church choir in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria. That was When M.I was Born  , meaning The Mr. Incredible ‘M.I’

As M.I’s grew up  he would  always listen to tracks from Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Sarah Machlaclan, Pablo Neruda, Jay-Z and DMX. No wonder his style of music.
MI Fell in love with hip hop world as early as 1998 and then started with the sampling of musical works from DMX and Lauryn Hill .
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In 1999, During his college years at Calvin College, Michigan, USA, he delved into poetry while pursuing a career in Business and Economics. He initially started off with Engineering at Calvin College but later switched to Business Management. He was known to perform regularly at the school’s major hip hop shows and concerts.
Sadly M.I was unable to complete his education due to some issues so he returned back . But he plans on doing so soon.
You bet his rap flows and attitude was more than impressive and it yielded him third place at the college show ‘HipHopera’ in 2003, which was actually the only “hip hop show” that Calvin College ever had.
Rap is poetry. Sometimes the song starts with words, sometimes it starts with music but rap is really poetry. For me at the beginning, poetry compelled me—–M.I
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MI Abaga and Jesse Jagz
Do you know that M.I tried to be a comedian *lol* well thank God he did int pursue that  else there might not have been Messiah of Rap —M.I
Let me share with you one of M.I’s escapades of tyring out comedy

Actually one day, I did standup comedy a long time ago. Somebody told me to hire a comedian for him and I said, “What is there? I can do it myself”. So I went and tried to tell some jokes. I started well and I ended up with malaria, full blown malaria. The people did not laugh at all.

 

.But his amateur attempts were just basic trials so he stuck to his first love —music.

Image Credit: TCD Photography
Image Credit: TCD Photography

In 2003, M.I returned back to Nigeria at least to find his spot in the music industry which was then still coming up …but definitely he was gonna try to beat the likes of Modenine, Ruggedman and Eedris Abdulkareem etc.

M.I returned to Plateau, Nigeria in 2005 to find the local music industry on the verge of a revolution and was set to take African Hip-Hop to new heights.

Before he finally moved back to Nigeria, M.I noticed that music was booming in Jos and he was managing Jeremiah Gyang at that time till he got signed up to Chocolate city.

Between 2007 – 2008 , Being smart and swift , M.I commenced production with his friend Djinee which gave birth to the critically acclaimed single “Safe”, .  M.I and Djinee met in Enugu then they became friends after Djinee  heard Jude rapping.

He was impressed and invited him to Lagos to come and be part of his show and after that gave him a place to stay, till he took off on his own. What are friends for !!!

The Single gained 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.

After his success in the release off the single ‘SAFE’, Jude Abaga brought out his first studio album titled “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)..The album sold 30,000 copies in the first 30 minutes of release by TJoe distributions , December 2008.

Later on , M.I  brought out a sample mixtape, ILLEGAL MUSIC,in which he fully exploits his lyrical prowess.

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So i can boldly state that M.I is the future of African Hip-Hop.

Being an exceptional producer, M.I has produced and featured on the works of artists like Jeremiah Gyang, Djinee, Shifi (Style Plus),Don Jazzy, Threadstone Jesse Jags, Ice Prince,Ruby, Lindsy , Leone e.t.c.

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.

Hit singles include: Safe, Crowd mentality, Teaser, Short black boy, Anoti, Fast Money Fast Cars, Number 1, Undisputed Champion, Action  Film.

When Paul Okeugo heard M.I song first , he was impressed enough and sen it to Audu Maikori  and a year later M.I joined and got signed to Chocolate City.

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.

In 2010 , M.I released his second Album , MI2: The Movie which was one of the highers selling album in Nigeria at that time . Also that same week of his release MI was trending number 7 topic globally on Twitter.

He has also received international recognition in South Africa from the popular Channel O music Award, MTVbase Awards and also the American BET Awards.

 In 2011,Chocolate City rapper M.I Abaga bought a white C Class Mercedes Benz,

he surprised his minders when he unveiled another automobile weeks back – a white Range Rover jeep….

He also runs a production company, Rytchus Era Productions with his brother Jesse Abaga (Jesse Jagz).

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.

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.

In 2013 , he added a brand new bently to his collections,

 

 MI is known to be associated with two record labels namely , Chocolate City & Loppy Music … In his words
Chocolate City is my mother, Loopy Music is my daughter.

.Jude Abaga speaks one very well, English as im sure you expected him to speak Hausa.

M.I is one of the very few Nigerian artist/ celebrity who has managed to stay Scandal-free.

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

M.I is the CEO of Loopy Music and Vice President of Chocolate City.

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.
April 2015 , Rap Star M.I Abaga announced at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference the merging of Chocolate City Record Label and Loopy Music. The move brings together M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby Gyang, Loose Kaynon, Ice Prince, Nosa, DJ Caise, Dice Ailes, Victoria Kimani and DJ Lambo under one business umbrella.