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What MI Says About His Albums

MI Abaga’s place in the Nigerian hip-hop space is indisputable. The Short Black Boy has released for albums since 2008 that are either critically acclaimed or commercially successful. Or both.

In between those albums is the Illegal Mixtape trilogy, which further cements MI’s reputation as a fiery spitter.

With the release of his latest LP, Yung Denzel, the rapper is rekindling the fire of Nigerian hip-hop which has nearly been put out by an Afropop revolution.

“With Yung Denzel, there is almost nothing that is pop. There is no fast song, there is no club song and, in a way, there is no radio song,” he says of the album in a recent interview with Guardian Life.



While he speaks highly of his newest project, MI still rates his third album, The Chairman, as his best yet. His rating is based on the level of creativity involved in its production.

“That one, creatively, I know we really pushed ourselves far,” he says. The Chairman for me is an A+.

The album currently sits at number six on the list top-selling album in Nigeria despite being released almost four years ago. That makes it his best-selling album, followed by his Rendezvous playlist.

Although his debut album Talk About It fetched an African-wide recognition and awards, he says the album is the least creative of his albums.

“If I listen to it now, I cringe,” he says. “I feel there are too many flaws in the project.”

His sophomore album MI: The Movie, he says, is genre-defining, in that it introduced a new of doing hip-hop in Nigeria.

Grab a copy of Guardian Life magazine this Sunday as the rapper graces the cover to read all he has to say.

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