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So Fresh, So Incredible, It’s MI



His talent is undeniable. His flow is steady. His lyrics are philosophical. Who is he?

MI (Real Name: Jude Abaga)

Someone told me that MI stands for Mr. Incredible. Not sure if that’s true but its definitely an apt description for this uber-talented rapper! His song ‘Crown Mentality’ helped introduce his talent, he won the highly coveted Hip Hop World Awards category Best Rap Single of the year and he has remained consistent ever since then. Many thought that Nigeria wasn’t ready for what MI was selling but they have been proven wrong.

On Sunday 2nd of November 2008, an exclusive listening party was held for MI by his record label, Audu Maikori’s Chocolate City at Swe Bar in Lagos. Media executives and music industry insiders had an an opportunity to savour MI’s new tunes and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. His album ‘Talk About It’ will be released in December.

Check out photos from the event below. Also have a listen to the Bella Naija Team’s fave MI tune of the moment.

Man of the Moment, MI

Djinee, Ajibola Olubiyi & Eric

Djinee, Ajibola Olubiyi & Eric

Banky W & STV's Effiong

STV's Effiong Eton & Banky W

Omawumi & Alex Yangs

Alex Yangs & Omawumi

Tosyn Bucknor, Tee A & Ajibola

Tosyn Bucknor, Tee A & Ajibola



Ebuka, Omawumi & Mimi Akintobi

Ebuka, Omawumi & Lamide Akintobi

Noble Igwe & Lola Ashafa

Noble Igwe & Lola Ashafa

Biola Pedro

Biola Pedro

Nomoreloss and wife, Phoenix Child

Nomoreloss and wife, Phoenix Child

When this song is played on the radio, you just have to wait a few minutes for listeners to call in and express their love for this song. Its not a party track, its not a love song but there’s something implicitly catchy about this track. Check on it.
MI Featuring Djinee – Safe (No Long Thing) aka 5 Minutes Freestyle


Photo Credits: Effiong Eton & Ayana Olubiyi

MI’s International PR provided by Bobby Taylor Consulting


  1. drixie

    November 4, 2008 at 12:31 am

    “because I’m the engine room, and the gear and the piston”

    I love that part. I fell in love with this song since august. Guess I’ll upload it to my site too now I can easily add mp3s. A good song anyday.

  2. adeola

    November 4, 2008 at 6:45 am

    It’s the best listening party i ever attended this year….the guy is simply i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e.
    Fantastic time out….oops who missed out?

  3. Kennycul

    November 4, 2008 at 9:37 am

    If der’s eva been a rap dis fly den it must have been done by another m.i

  4. bablo

    November 5, 2008 at 1:40 am

    well…sounds like d li’l wayne of naija! cool though!!!!

  5. Nkechi

    November 5, 2008 at 2:55 am

    omo, he sampled so many HOT naija songs… its niiice sha

  6. Nkechi

    November 5, 2008 at 2:56 am

    [email protected] i’m the medicine for rap like procold, that ish kills o! lol

  7. dScR?Be

    November 5, 2008 at 7:35 am

    ts about time bella noticed d original — M.I been in love since dt song on Rooftop MC’s album.. he even inspired a poem i wrote…..

    ahhhh… M.I

    Congrats 2 all d Obamaians!!! and to the world… 1st African-American Prez.. dis zones is still reeling at 1:35am… Yes We Can

  8. Bobby Taylor

    November 6, 2008 at 2:57 am

    We love M.I.

  9. bome

    November 6, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I like!!!

    Check out this New Nigerian girl band’s album (Desperate Chics):

    They can really sing not like Ashionye steez

  10. bella

    November 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

    thanks! wow…they really can sing plus their songs are catchy! but their name ‘Desperate Chicks’??? and their image needs a major overhaul

  11. yimina

    December 4, 2008 at 3:32 am

    OMG!!!! Finally a hip-hop lyricist outta 9ja!!! U’re wot 9j hip-hop has been missin for real. Truly Mr. Incredible, worthy of being a called a poet.

  12. okizona

    December 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    omo men d guy is tight,original and lyrically ill 2 say the least.

  13. Dooshima

    December 16, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    his album is out now…TALK ABOUT IT…..we’ve been feeling M.I in abuja for ages…and u guys says acts from lagos are the Ish!

  14. C-Breez of tit'BEATS

    December 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    M.I is awesome

  15. C-Breez of tit'BEATS

    December 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    He is more of an mc with crazy flows. Much respect……….

  16. Daddy Grandson

    January 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    M.I doesnt change the fact that acts from Lagos are the ish.No hating the guy is good

  17. Daddy Grandson

    January 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    M.I doesnt change the fact that acts from Lagos are the ish.No hating the guy is good…

  18. bobo.d

    July 16, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    u ar d bst man ,go 4 t ur ish z naked nd so wicked .

  19. hbk

    August 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    i love m.i

  20. patrick uche

    February 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    u are really killing me mi

  21. Mezzy

    April 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    U jag scene.

  22. claire

    September 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    M.I looks a lot like ma boo…lool. Ur rily cool dude..kip it up

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