Few hours after Nigerian rapper YCee deplored the lack of inclusion of recognised rappers on the line-up of performers for American rapper Rick Ross’ concert in Nigeria, fellow rapper MI Abaga weighed in with his own opinions.
Rick Ross is on a promotional tour of Africa for Brett Berish manufactured brand of sparkling wines Luc Belaire, and is expected to perform in both Lagos before departing for Angola and returning to Abuja for a concert on the 18th of April.
According to several tweets posted by MI on April 15, rappers would have been better off if they listened to him. MI is regarded as one of Nigeria and Africa’s finest rappers, rising to prominence in 2006 with the release of his hit single “Crowd Mentality.”
His discography includes 4 mixtapes, 4 studio albums, 2 EPs and 1 compilation album. As far as rap music goes in Nigeria, MI is the industry’s very own Jay Z, except that rap music is not as lucrative as it is there over here.
According to the Chocolate City label chairman, he was given a chance to meet with Rick Ross, but refused to go ahead with the arrangement after he requested a solo rendezvous with the MMG boss and was turned down.
MI, who recently got engaged, returned in another tweet to share a perception he had built about rap music in Nigeria since his first big show in 2008, working with the likes of Jay Z, Rihanna and Usher.
In another tweet, he urged Nigerian rappers to have each others back, supporting and sharing their work, and to up the quality of their records in order to grow the value of the culture.