Rap sensation M.I Abaga also known as Mr Incredible became actively involved in Nigeria’s music scene in 2004.
Since then, Abaga has distinguished himself as master of hip hop with his unique rap flow and creative play on words.
Abaga’s (Mr Incredible) debut album would usher in M.I. 2, a more popular album among fans. Released on November 23 2010, M.I. 2 The Movie featured sensational singer Brymo, Julius Ceaser, Waje among other talents.
The 15-track M.I 2 album begins with a prelude. This short skit would depict a distressed Waje (M.I’s love interest) at the hands of serious-minded non-Nigerians terrorists. The parody on James Bond (or typical super hero) movies would see the eventual rescuing of distressed Waje by the hero Mr Incredible M.I. Although certain critics disclose distaste for the inclusion of the prelude in the album, I find it rather satisfying.
And whether anyone appreciates it or not, preludes and skits are M.I’s distinctive feature on his hit albums.
The humour and satire of the M.I 2 prelude/skit metaphorically represents M.I as not only Incredible but ushers in the listener to the recording artist’s heroic qualities in executing his music.
The Chairman studio album release on October 30, 2014 shocked music critics and fans alike. The 17-song album featured 26 artists. Getting mostly high ratings, critics affirmed The Chairman completely told a story while entertaining listeners.
In commenting on the album, Toni Kan of THISDAY saying, ‘It is autobiography and memoir, manual and manifesto, pure fiction and drama, as well as poetry on an epic scale.’
The opening prelude The Beginning/Nobody dramatizes a reality average Nigerian students go through while schooling. Forces of education and educational responsables discouraging the dreams of Nigerian youths was a major theme of the skit.
Abaga’s February 9 2018 studio release, Rendezvous is yet another musical wonder. Again, Abaga explores storytelling through pinches of dialogue throughout the album. An top Nigerian publication describes Rendezvous as, ‘a decent crossroad Of musical diversity.’
Storytelling through dialogue has come to stay in the Nigerian music scene with fresh singers like Odunsi The Engine and Poe exploring this style in their respective new albums, rare and Talk About Poe (T.A.P).
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