M.I.

Influences: Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Sarah Mclachlan, Lauryn Hill, Pablo Neruda, Jay Z, DMX, Talib Kweli

Born Jude Abaga in the city of Jos, music immediately surrounded M.I’s life.

By the age of 10, M.I could play the drums and keyboards to an extent.  M.I discovered rap music when he began secondary school. It was here that M.I fell in love with this art form.

Around 1998 M.I got his hands on DMX’s debut album and Lauryn Hill’s Mis-education album and began to write his own music and poems. While in college M.I put aside hip hop music for an acappella group but continued his writing in hopes of one day picking up where he left off.

Towards M.I’s senior year in college he started writing long poems with a very rhythmic tones. M.I was able to record a few of his songs which were placed on a college album.

On returning to Nigeria in 2003, M.I returned to Jos, which was brimming with young rappers and hip hop producers.  M.I soon quit his job and started to work at Inner Hub Studios –  simultaneously working on producing and recording his own music.

M.I was signed to Chocolate City in 2006 and came out with the hit single “Crowd Mentality” which had topped charts all over Nigeria.

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