Rapper, MI Abaga and entertainment journalist, Joey Akan are battling it out on Twitter over the rap and hip hop genre in Nigeria.
In the early hours of Thursday, May 19, popular MI Abaga took a swipe at Akan on Twitter while responding to his tweet about American rapper Da Baby visiting Nigeria to shoot a video with Davido.
MI Abaga accused the journalist of disesteeming rappers. Akan responded saying the rapper’s music was what earned him respect in the past, and that he didn’t need to demand respect.
That kicked off another round of replies as MI tweeted, saying the journalist was an enemy of Nigerian hip hop.
But Akan wasn’t having it, and served his own rebuttal, charging MI Abaga of spilling dirty secrets about artists to tarnish their image and paying to get their songs off radios. He also added that he’d been turning down rendezvous request from the rapper, and that’s why he apparently hates him.
The rap and hip hop genre in Nigeria has been hot topic recently, with MI often in the thick of things. The first episode kicked off with when American rapper Rick Ross performed in Lagos and Abuja without any rappers on the roaster.
Several rappers including YCee and MI deplored the situation and blamed it on organizers and show promoters.
Although the genre has been on a steady decline since the mid 2010s, MI has mainly remained true to his craft, refusing to change his style like most artists who started out as rappers. He currently has an album in the works.
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