When Jude Abaga hit the scene with his Crowd Mentality single in 2006, Nigerian hip-hop heads welcomed the freshness of his idea, the audacity of his witty lyrics tightly packed in bars and a healthy dose of social commentary.
And when his debut LP, Talk About It, hit the shelf on December 11, 2008, there was an acknowledgement that the hip-hop torch held by the kings such as Modenine and Ruggedman could be passed onto the “Short Black Boy from Jos”.
That acknowledgement manifested in him winning the Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards and being nominated the following year in the Best International Act category at the 2010 BET Awards.
Despite these early successes, MI confesses to constantly battling a fear of failure. That battle has, however, shaped the way he makes music.
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Creative Direction: Chidera Muoka
Photography: Niyi Okeowo
Styling: Nkem Okorafor