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Should You Bump This – Music Review: M.I – Chairman

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BN Music lovers, we’ve teamed up with the duo at Should You Bump This, and we’ll bring you a special album review of music from some of your favourite Nigerian musicians. Sho and Tunde are seasoned music heads and together, they give their insightful and witty take on the chosen album and artist.

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It’s been 4 years since we last got an album from M.I Abaga, but the Chairman is back with The Chairman album (Notice the genius tracklist arrangement?), which you can buy HERE, with productions from, Reinhard, Sarz, Pheelz, Sammy Gyang, G-Plus, L37, Vstix and M.I himself. African rapper Number 1 is back.

1. The Beginning/ Nobody
S: This is the deadest intro ever

T: Calm down. I like the message behind it. It kinda reminds me of the one on Snoop Dogg’s ‘G’z And Hustlaz’ on ‘Doggystlye’

S: There is nothing to like here…this ish makes me cringe. Gats scratch this off your cd

T: Notice how M.I is the only one that is speaking pho-ne in the school?

S: He probably just got back

T: IJGB M.I

2. Monkey feat. Chi Gurl
If you set me leg yeah I break am or I jump am but I must make am.

S: 3rd verse!!!!

T: M.I saved the best verse for the last. I was close to ejecting the CD and throwing it away like I did for the last 9ice CD I bought.

S: I swear. I concur. If I didn’t get to the end of this jam eh.

T: Now I just sing this chorus all the damn time.

S: Stellar Production. He clearly won’t be performing this song near Patience Jonathan or else he will be sleeping in guard room.

T: Or people that use Mary Kay.

S: Patience uses Mary Kay too.

T: Double sleeping then

3. Rich feat. Koker
From barely surviving, to business is thriving, until you can even the score/ when they see you tomorrow they won’t recognise that they’ve seen you before

T: Whoever Koker is did well on the chorus.

S: Meh. He sounds like a diluted Brymo #WeWantBryMoHooksBack

T: The 3rd verse too!

S: All 2nd verse for me

T: The Migos flow was nice but 3rd verse for me

T: Nice song. Good production

S: Last last, M.I go become pastor. The sample at the end was ideal

4. Mine feat Wizkid
First time we met I could see class/ only right that I put you in a C-class

S: The best song/hook Wizkid has done in a long time.

T: My jam! I don’t know how this grew on me..Wizkid on the chorus was fire

S: This hook >>>>> Ayo album

T: The hook >>> Toothpaste line

S: But MI verses on this ehh. Yung6ix, Vec, and Ice probably going “and you guys judge us?”

T: Like..

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“Did you smoke something cos …Hii gurl”

S: Abaga just went to Shoprite and packed all the Cheese in the diary aisle and dropped it here.

T: 🙁

S: Still a good song though.

5. Shekpe feat. Reminisce
Live life omo live life, omo chop up omo eat rice/ na only one life you no go live twice/ omo sip something till you feel nice

T: Remi Remz!

S: Remmy!!!!!!!!

T: The only thing I didn’t like on the song was the ‘my shekpe bottle’ part and M.I’s Yoruba verse

S: This is a jaaaaaaaaaaaammm. I liked everything. This beat too mental. You can yab my entire family on this beat. I no send!

T: He really said ‘mo wa mo connected than internet router’

S: Free chairman, e don turn Wi-Fi

T: Lol

S: Clear album favourite

T: Favorite ko favourite ni

S: Remmy, top 5! Don’t argue

T: Nobody is arguing

6. Bad Belle feat. Moti Cakes
“All due respect to your feelings, CBN in the building/ this year it’s clear by the wrist wear we gon separate the real men from the children”

T: Is allowed is allowed!!! This beat is ridic!

S: This is myyyyy song!!!! Flexxxxing!!!

T: Good song!

S: “Rita Lori chick forming Rita Ora!” My line! If you a ‘Lere kid you know that ishwould make you laugh.

T: I’m from a good Christian home and I’ve never heard of Rita Lori or the girls there.

S: Shalaams lover like you.

7. Wheelbarrow feat. Emmy Ace and Beenie Man
T: Yo! My personal favourite! Get Akon on a remix pls. One for the clubs

S: Even if them no get Akon…Akon will do his own version. That one don move come Lekki

T: No lie.

S: This jam makes me happy all through. I just wanna push it push it all day

T: Your car?

S: Push to Start mehn..I’m a big boy now

8. Brother feat. Nosa and Milli
So brother if you’re listening, I hope that you know, our journey isn’t over, there’s still a little more/ I’m waiting were you left me, I’m hoping you return and if ever you come back you will meet an open door

S: Favourite song on the album. Some “from the heart” verses

T: Yup! Jagz would probably hear this, loosen his attachment and come back to Choc City

S: Ice got a verse too mehn. I was waiting for a third verse for Brymo

T: But what about Khali too?

S: True o. He did brother song for MI, MI no do e own back #notfair

T: Nosa killed the chorus

9. The Middle feat. Olamide and IJ
Who’s the best rapper, omo it all depends, I’m not the one to ask, ask number 2 to 10

T: Pheelz! Mr Producer!

S: Is it not a jam???

T: No need to ask. It is

S: M.I couldn’t ruin it with that one line

“Cat sabi swim that no mean say e be cat fish” Really???

T: One? More than one sef

S: He may have well said ‘because ram dey break leg no mean say e be Ramsey’

T: Stop it right now Sho!

S: I’m sorry, Olamide did his thing and that IJ hook was proper nice

T: Dope song

10. Enemies feat. Patoranking
T: This is a classic MI track on this The Chairman album

T: Cla..what? Nothing here for me

S: Sounds like something he has done before

T: Yup! Like this formula is ready in the kitchen. Just go studio mix am

S: Microwave song?

T: Exactly

11. Bullion Van feat. Runtown, Phyno & Storm Rex
T: Yo! M.I should just shoot a video for this ASAP. Since he will only shoot one or two. We recommend this.

S: Likeeee! Ibo people dey floss pass mehn. Shoutout to the East! This one is for Alaba boys

T: Aba, Onitsha which level, the Shoki is about to be mad on this jam.
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S: Big ups to Runtown! My bae Storm Rex doesn’t have one weak
feature/song ever.

T: Felt like she could have done more though

S: Should have taken Phyno’s verse out and given her that part

T: I don’t know about that

S: You don’t need to know about it. I just wanted more Storm Rex

12. Always Love feat. Seyi Shay
T: Another microwave song

S: Seyi sha didn’t disappoint

T: Naaa, she didn’t. Chairman should give Tpain his machine back though

S: Hahahahha

13. Millionaira Champagne feat. Ice Prince, Sarkodie & DJ Lambo
S: Ice Zamani!!!!!! You still sabi sha

T: Mehn everyone came with their A-game

S: Clearly M.I talked to Ice! “Brother, Sarkodie cannot murder you twice in one year. Please behave”

T: Haha! Sarkodie went ham

S: This is the kind of jam you want when you see rappers. But i noticed one thing…Why Sarkodie no talk “Money no be problem”

T: Hahaha. I wonder

S: Is money now a problem? =(

T: Hahsjskaiuwbsb what else?

14. Yours feat Milli & Debbie
“Jos city, even in Lagos when I am rolling feeling like it’s my city” – M.I

“if my eye can see my mouth can tell/ I do it cos i’m hot as hell/ I pray my opportunities never land my ass in jail” – Milli

T: Not a bad song

S: This is another really good song for me

T: Especially the second verse. Who was it dedicated to, Godwin Tom or Mr AngryMob?

S: But Milli!!!!!

T: The boy came correct

S: Love M.I’s trend, having a young unknown artist shine on his album

15. Beg feat. Loose Kaynon and Morrell
T: Decent song

S: This is my jam Smooth something!

T: Very smooth

S: Loose really gonna drop this Gemini album or nah

T: Next year I guess

S: But am I the only that feels this song is a stereotype song?

T: How

S: 3 Hausa boys on a song about begging? *walks away singing bambiallah*

T: Hausa ke. Not everyone from the North is Hausa

S: Potatoe Potahtoe

16. Human being feat 2face & Sound Sultan
T: Best song on the album

S: I wanna apologize to folks for saying Tubaba shouldn’t have been on this track

T: I’m glad you’ve cleaned the wax in your ear

S: I would have preferred if Sound Sultan’s part was longer.

T: The song is perfect as it is

S: So unto that Nomoloss line. What’s your take on it? Because I am just here sipping tea with Kermit

T: M. I said he was broke. I believe him

S: *Gifted Glo add plays in the background* I believe your belief too.

17. The End/ The Chairman
T: You already know what I’m going to shout

S: I don’t even care for this song

T: Ya mad! Let me just scream it… Oritse Femi the greatest

S: In Abule Egba?

T: Nigeria

S: Whatever! Song doesn’t do it for me. But we at the end so I really ain’t bothered

T: Good way to end the album, good song.

Verdict
S: MI is probably the most critiqued artist in Naij. It’s either it ain’t rap enough. It’s too pop, too much features, not enough rap features, not enough videos etc. If you want a rappidty rap album, this is not for you. If you want an album with good music…bump this.

T: Arguably the best rapper in Nigeria, Jude Abaga delivers on The Chairman. While he may not the lyrical juggernaut he once was on previous projects, he makes up for it with stellar production, good features and some well-rounded songs.

3.7/5 wRaps

Peace, Love and…Chairman!

Should You Bump This is a blog that was started by two passionate Nigerian music fans. They know that 150 Naira is hard to come by these days, so they took it upon themselves to save your money, your time and your ears and give you a candid review of your favorite music. Follow them on Twitter @whoistunde and @ShoWontStop

30 Comments

  1. benny

    November 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    WELCOME BACK SIR!!!!!!!

  2. Idak

    November 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I bought this album in traffic the morning it came out.
    My plan was that if it made enough sense, I will buy a digital version off itunes. After a few mins, I felt embarrassed enough to skip several tracks and chuck it out via the eject button.
    I was eagerly waiting for this review to see if I will be swayed to give it a second try. Now, I doubt it.
    The intro made me physically sick. What was Jude thinking?
    There were way too many collabos and most of them made no sense.
    Whatever happened to the MI of TALK ABOUT IT?
    Having made loads of cash, brand awareness and bragging right, i thought this was the time to take calculated risks and bold moves? Rather he seems to be competing with Ice Prince to see who has the most forced punchlines with watery lyrics.

    Whatever happened to the real MI, I am sure lots of fans want him back.

  3. Mtvbase Police

    November 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    So sad….the album was over hyped….I listened to some of the songs and am like were can I get Hid first album cos this new album is total trash tooo much bragging plus nothing to talk about….anyway short people like to BRAG!

    • paulmirabilis

      November 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      @Mtvbase Police: your comment clearly shows you donno jack about rap music. Besides, I’m surprised that someone could type this kind of trash about an album that touches on so many contemporary issues and does so masterfully well. Well, Bellanaija is known to attract very vain commenters like you who know nothing other than pictures and celebrity lifestyle.

    • Idak

      November 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Since you are not vain and you know something beyond pictures and celebrity lifestyle, how did you end up here?

      Dude/gal says she does not like the album, you say you do. What is the problem?

    • Anjei

      November 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Paulmirabililis, you are very much entitled to ur opinion. But assuming you are mature and sane, I wonder if the insults on mtvbase police and bellanaija is necessary. I will like to think its uncalled for.

  4. angela

    November 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I agree with you Mtvbase Police the album was just so overrated. M.i was rapping like every other naija rap artist saying the same thing and announcing his title was a no no album for me

  5. paulmirabilis

    November 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I don’t know what y’all are talking about but I know that this album is unarguably the best “Afro Hip-Hop” album ever released by anyone! Note the word “Afro Hip-Hop”

    • Idak

      November 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      So you had to form a sub-genre in order to justify your high view of it?
      Suddenly MI is now an Afro Hip-Hop artiste? No wahala.
      It is your view and we respect it. Kindly do same to ours.

    • paulmirabilis

      November 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      @Idak: I respect your opinion but people surprise me when they write this kind of comment. What people do not realize is that you cannot outdo the Kanye West’s, Kendrick Lamar’s, Jay-Z’s, etc of this world from a Nigerian record label. It’s high time we woke up from that illusion. Talking about American Hip-Hop, there’s no doubt that M.I is up to the task. Go and listen to Illegal Music II and you’ll know what I’m talking about. What of Jesse Jagz’s recently released album? Those albums/mixtapes are in the class of American Hip-Hop.

      However, the truth is this – African rappers need to focus on their niche market which is Africa. And in terms of African Hip-Hop, this is the best anybody has ever released. Yes, quote me anywhere! Like I mentioned earlier, if you are looking for works that compete with the Kanye West’s or Eminem’s of this world, go and check his (M.I) mixtapes, but you need to ask yourself these questions: can an average Nigerian/African relate to the songs on those mixtapes? Can those kind of albums lead to financial success for both the artiste and record label in the African music market? Modenine is the number 1 lyricist in Nigeria but why is he not that successful? For you to succeed as an African rapper, you must have the ability to do songs which are dope lyrically(i.e. good bars) and at the same time, commercial. Music is business and M.I understands that perfectly.

  6. Zim

    November 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    i dunno what you guys are on about but this album is cool, may not be as exciting as talk about it but i loved like 5 songs on this album..on auto repeat and trust me i HATE rap..but M.I is just da bomb..The “Rich” song was moving especilly the prayer part and Mine with Seyi was so amaze-balls.
    all you M.I haters should park for corner and stop spoiling market for this hard working young man..keep it up bros!

  7. Ruby

    November 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I love me MI. I had a very high expectation for the album but ehh..I was left wanted more. Expectations definately not me. Could it be that the expectation was set too high? Monkey ft Chigurl made me lol sha (love it!). Liked the creativity and efforts put into the album. Hoping more songs from the album grows on me.

    • Jo!

      November 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      You “…were left WANTED more”?

  8. If-i

    November 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    seriously i am not an MI fan, my husband bought a CD and i cant stop listening. try track 2 ,and try and get past the igbo gospel part…

  9. Great Album

    November 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    3.7?? Really??? This album is a strong 4.8!!!!! I love it sooo much I can’t even deal!!! Mine, Wheelbarrow, Enemies (loved the second verse! ), Always love,The Middle, Beg and The End – all 10/10. The rest are 7s, 8s and 9s. This album is up there with the likes of Mushin 2 MoHits by Wande Coal and Superstar by WizKid. Seriously I’m so so so impressed. I’ve been listening to this ever since I downloaded it I just can’t get enough.

    I would say the songs definitely grow on you – at first all I would listen to was Shekpe (typical Nigerian club banger) but when I became too lazy to keep repeating it, I just grew to love all the other songs sooo much.

    Olamide on “The middle” = amazing. Phyno on “Bullion Van” = amazing. Oritsefemi on “The End” = amazing!! (The song just makes me want to praise God lol)

    Seriously guys, those critiquing MI, i’m sorry, but i’m judging you. As much as I love wizkid, Olamide, Davido and co, cant we all agree that Nigerian music was starting to become a bit monotonous? Everything was sounding the same.

    Anyways, love this album and I love MI. Now i’m just waiting for Wande Coal to give us another classic. WizKid disappointed me with Ayo

    • BIG MI FAN

      November 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      I agree with your comment, however, wizkid did not disappoint with AYO tho.

  10. Olivia

    November 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about, but this album is amazing!!! I understand that the intro wasn’t that great but the rest of the songs were spot on!

  11. mr saint

    November 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    great album lyrically not upto par with his previous projects but damn production was like his in bed with pharrell or something

    the album is a different sound like most projects recently.. ti paperwork
    issiaah rashaad cilvia demo joey badass 1999 kanye yeezus. all these lps are setting new trends instead of being old and visible i think mi chairman was #genuis so fuck yall this album is like the purple rain of 2014 if yall even know what prince is

  12. Olori Tari

    November 4, 2014 at 3:11 am

    See ehn I want to like/buy this album so bad. Kai, MI is blessed..ahan see hype from people. They told me when I hear Brother I will cry..I heard it and I was like errrr not quite. Then they said go and listen to Shekpe…I was like okay thanks to Reminisce for this one – he saved it. So I made my mind up and said the album isn’t worth my money because if the best songs on the album to many people isn’t quite IT then I don’t know. And let me just say that track list put me off already – how can it be virtually all features ? Is this an album for a DJ ? I will reconsider again but first, let me just keep this £7.99 on iTunes. Lol I know it’s just £7.99 but these Naija artistes have taught me better, starting from Tiwa Savage and Banky (banky is manageable).

    I didn’t even spend £7.99 on Tiwa’s album oo.. when the thing came out I was on holiday in Nigeria, so I bought the CD for #150. Let me just say Tiwa owes me #120… yes it was that bad. She made gala and coke money seem like a million naira – it vexed me, maybe because of the unnecessary hype. Since then in Nigeria, you will have to be Brymo or Dare Art Alade or Asa for me to instantly buy your album when it comes out, without testing it.

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    • woodz

      November 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Dude, aren’t you just a ray of sunshine!!
      You sound quite an angry fella whose daily highpoint consists of taking a swipe at everyone and everything. May God help you to find the source of your anger; it sure-as-hell isn’t this creative masterpiece from MI.
      Imagine you on Banky…Tiwa! … Seriously, I think you should go take a power nap or something.

  13. Tosin

    November 4, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Strengths and weaknesses. But no major weaknesses. Strengths: quite a bit of artistic and marketing innovation. At least now the trilogy is complete, phew, now he can swing free, monkey off his back. I look forward to enjoying the album a few more times, I really liked some parts very very much, and I look forward to more work and more importantly more living from MI. He’s got a lot to give (me being psychic lol)

  14. Sedinam

    November 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    The Album is AWESOME. i waited 4 years and i got satisfied. Don’t just HEAR the music.. LISTEN to the music…

  15. MrSpunk

    November 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This album was something different…..,. it represented many things
    challenge
    love
    life
    reconciliation
    survival
    hardwork
    God d creator……. d list z endless
    D whole 17 tracks inspires me
    especially d intro,brother n enemy!!!!!!
    Twale 4 diz man….he z 2 much
    d album delivers rare beats n performances from artists.Thank God 9ja rap has finally a legend n saviour

  16. lee

    November 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    i am in love with most songs on this album… ehhhhh if I hear… nice album o jare… thumps up MI

  17. AFKAO

    November 5, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Best album released this year. People saying too many features haven’t listened to the album. M.I. did an excellent job once again bringing out unknown talents and ensuring that their names appeared on the album. I’m sure several people didn’t know about MILLI, I.J., KOKER, & MOTI CAKES prior to this album. SHEKPE is currently doing some damage in parts of Las Gidi and BULLION VAN is gonna be a monster jam. MILLIONAIRA CHAMPAGNE Is a dope hip hop joint. MONKEY, BROTHER, & HUMAN BEING are well written and thought provoking tracks. Lyrics are solid overall, what more do people want? Infact when I listened to the album for the 4th time, I appreciated it more and it’s been on repeated play since. Excellent work M.I and thanks for releasing such an awesome album..

  18. Ibukun

    November 5, 2014 at 4:52 am

    God bless all of you that came on here to say nice stuff about the album. I have not listened to it yet, but I am tired of people being so nasty. what is it?! Mr Idak and co, take it easy, life is tough enough without horrible words. When people put in effort into creating something, learn to criticize “small small” Criticize with decency! Try to be nice! If you bought the album and you don’t like, give it out to someone, the person may like it…let that be your charity act for the day.

  19. Scg

    November 5, 2014 at 6:24 am

    It’s an amazing body of work. Best album by a Nigerian artiste this year. It’s not mi’s best work but if I play a cd that has my wife nodding her head to the music, that’s something. I love brother, it’s yours, reminisce handled his business on shekpe like he owned the track, monkey is sick, bad belle is crazy… It’s good music and bad ass production. My final word pls don’t listen to the intro so it doesn’t ruin your listening experience

  20. David

    November 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Lyrically you no well @MI
    Lyrically a Chairman

  21. DeeJay

    November 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I’m kinda confused… coz I can’t relate some of d comments am seeing with the album I downloaded… 4 d 1st time in M.I’s history that he drop’d an album even a hater will find a song to nod to… This is art perfectly defined, sickRaps/mind blowing hooks & verses/cool soundtracks all wrapped in one

  22. woodz

    November 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Dude, aren’t you just a ray of sunshine!!
    You sound quite an angry fella whose daily highpoint consists of taking a swipe at every one and everything. May God help you to find the source of your anger ; it sure-as-hell isn’t this creative masterpiece from MI.
    Imagine you on Banky…Tiwa! … Seriously, I think you should go take a power nap or something.

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