360Newsbreak: MI Quits Music For Movies

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(sob! sob!) H/B/Nollywood claims another one. News reaching us that MI has decided to hang the mic to hit the stage. The 2010 BET ‘Best International Act’ nominee we heard has landed some juicy roles starting with an action feature that should keep him busy for a year or more. He was quoted saying:

“I think its time for me to try something new, I’ve loved music all my life but its time to try something new. Acting is something I’ve always had a passion for and I think its time for me to tap into that area…”

” I know my fans will love my new movie coming out soon. I want my fans to know that I’m no longer doing music. A lot of people have been expecting my 2nd album but I’m sorry I’m going to push it to the distant future because I think it is time for me to do this(go into movies)”.

“Its an action movie and its going to be big”

When I 1st heard, I called Noble immediately who simply said “I’m sad”. I’m sad as well, MI broke the norm and I was really hoping that with his new album, he would get a chance to go international. Mr Incredible whose album I reviewed last year is probably Nigeria’s most prolific MC. I was really looking forward to ‘MI 2′. I had gotten an opportunity in June to listen privately to some of his tracks and they were bad a$$.

I guess this is good news for MI and one can only wish him the best; I know he’s really talented and might even start writing his own scripts for his parts. I really hope he still decides to feature on other eMCees’ cuts during his planned hiatus.

Brief Bio:

Jude Abaga is a Nigerian hip hop artist currently signed with Chocolate City Music. Jude Abaga also known as M.I(popularly called Mister Incredible) was born to Pastor and Mrs Abaga, both active members of the local Church choir in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria. His mother taught the basic music notations and later bought him 7-key mini piano, which launched him early into the world of music. M.I’s encounter with Hip-Hop started with sampling the works of DMX and Lauryn Hill in 1998. He later delved into writing poetry.

In 1999, MI left for Calvin College, Michigan, USA to pursue a degree in business and economics. There he interacted with the budding Michigan hip-hop community. He performed at all the major hip-hop and R&B shows and concerts in school and later came third in the Calvin College “Hip Hopera” 2003.

M.I returned to Plateau, Nigeria in 2005 to find the local music industry on the verge of a revolution and was set to take African Hip-Hop to new heights. A proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and instrumentalist, M.I is described as the future of African Hip-Hop. He has produced and featured on the works of so many artists like 2Face, Jeremiah Gyang, Djinee, Shifi (Style Plus), Jesse Jags, Ice Prince,Ruby, Lindsy , Leone e.t.c.

His influences are Lauryn Hill, Robert Nesta Marley, Sarah Mchlaclan, Pablo Neruda, Jay Z and DMX.

Talk About It” released in 2008 is one of the best Hip-Hop albums till date. Since its release, MI has won over 7 awards including Best Rap Album and Hip Hop Revelation of the Year (Hip Hop World Awards 2009), Best New Artist and Nest Rapper(N.E.A Awards 2009), Musician of the Year (Modemen Awards 2008), Best Hip Hop Artist(City People Awards 2009) and won Best New Act and Best Hip Hop awards at the MTV MAMA Awards 2009.

culled from: MTV and Wikipedia

In the meantime, I’ll leave u with some of my fave MI tracks especially “Anoti“. Yup! Get familiar!

MI ft Gabriel – Anoti

MI – Gbono Feli Feli (D_banj sample)

MI – Hustle

MI ft 2Face – Nobody

MI ft Djinee – Safe

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14 comments

  1. Is dis 4real..I like d dude,buh nt like am overly crazy bout him nd his songs..bt serz wat movie is he shootin 4 a year…must b bollywood or hollywood cos nollywood is like 2weeks nd dats it.
    Can’t he combine the two? Na wah
    Nyway Good Luck Jude, if d story is true sha

  2. What is MI going on about?? He conquered the music the music scene and now he wants to leave??
    Well if his acting is anything like his music then I think we are in for a good one.

  3. …stale gist,heard abt this a couple of months back when he posted it on his facebook page…he’s not actually quiting music totally but just a for a while…d gist is i dnt beleive him, dis mit jst be aa way of creatin media attention before the release date..i wish him all d best tho..cha bruv..choc boiz i rep

  4. My theory: MI2 is d name of his album ryt? Dats also the name of a movie… So his album is d movie he is talking about…. Yezzir… @flykidcremy

  5. Well all i can say is more power to him!!! The number of artist that have transitioned from movies to music in the States is high and all of them have made it except a few!!! So if he feels he want to conquer Nollywood lets see how he is!!!

  6. Ha! Bet y’all have ur tails btwn ur legs 4 dis 1..
    @Claire: @ least now d riddle’s bin cracked.. Heehee. MI2’s actually a priti good album. Kudos Jude

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