M.I Abaga really went from a regular short black boy to the pioneer of commercial rap music in the evolution of the Nigerian Musical Industry aka the Nigerian entertainment industry and is unarguably one of the richest rappers in Nigeria.
Gone are the days when Nigerian music people couldn't hold water when weighed on a global scale. Now we have a lot of the richest artists in Nigeria competing in the same category of international entertainment awards with the biggest names from all over the world.
M.I Abaga looks like a Whiz
Burnaboy won the Grammys, Wizkid won the Grammys and also the beautiful Tiwa Savage grabbed a seat on the table of Grammy-winning Nigerians all in one year. This right step in the right direction was because of a lot of musical efforts put in by some Nigerian musicians like M.I who is the centre of attention today.
We would be one of Nigeria's rap music sensations, M.I Abaga net worth, life and career in this article today.
1. M.I Abaga Biography
M.I means Mr Incredible but his government name is Jude Abaga. He was born on October 4, 1981, to his Pastor parents in Jos where he grew up and had an early life.
M.I's musical journey started when his mother bought him a music notation handbook because she wanted him to be actively involved in the gospel music activities of the church then at 7, she bought him a mini piano which elevated his love for music.
Do not laugh; M.i is still a legend
Years later, M.I moved to the USA where he attended Calvin College in Michigan and guess what? M.I would perform at his school's hip hop shows and events. He once finished as the second runner-up at a show called 'HipHopera' in 2003. It was at that point M.I knew he was born to be a performer based on his African-American music style.
A lot of people do not know this about M.I, sometime in his 20s he tried his hands of comedy but the outcome wasn't funny at all. He was embarrassed at his first public because his jokes didn't work on the audience at all.
2003 was the year that changed everything for M.I. He returned to Nigeria and started the production of his mixtapes with his musically aligned friend, Djinee the Ego Crooner.
Fast forward to 2003 when he returned to Nigeria to kick off his career, his first move was to start the production of mixtapes with his friend Djinee. After 3 years of hard work, Crowd Mentality was released by M.I and it became M.I's first popular music. It spread all over Nigeria and dang! M.I came to the limelight.
A lot of M.I Abaga songs are heavy on wordplay.
2. M.I Abaga Networth
M.I Abaga became Chocolatecity CEO in 2015 and the tenure ended in 2019 and this just tells us that M.I was more than a rapper. He understood the music business and artist management.
M.I is a music boss in Nigeria
M.I Abaga net worth is currently estimated at ₦600,000,000 majorly from the Music business in Nigeria and Abroad under the umbrella of Chocolate City. M.I Abaga also has a long-standing endorsement with Telecommunications company; Globacom. Hennesey has also been carried by M.I for many years now.
M.I is a big boy, the only thing small about him is his height and he standing on his money will make you 'un-noticed that in a few seconds.
3 M.I Abaga House and Cars
M.I currently has a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon and a Range Rover Sport SUV. Funny story yeah? M.I used to have a Bentley Continental GT until last year when he decided to sell it because Bentleys become money pits as they get older especially in Nigeria.
M.I loves this car very much but he had to let it go
M.I has a duplex in Gbagada and he has a bigger house in the Lekki area of Lagos. He lives mostly on the Island because it is closer to work and all that.
4. M.I Abaga Career Highlight
M.I is a decorated Nigerian rapper with 4 successful studio albums and 6 E.Ps throughout his career. How you know a successful person in any field is the number of people he/she was able to impact positively to become a success like them.
Can you remember this Album?
M.I brought Ice-Prince to the limelight, he put his brother, Jesse Jagz on people's mouths and a couple of successful Nigerian entertainers.
Here is a list that has the best of M.I Abaga's awards since 2008 till present;
- WonBest Rap Album ( The Chairman)- The Headies 2015
- Best Rap Album 2009 –Hip Hop world Awards
- Hip Hop Revelation 2009 – Hip Hop World Awards
- Best New Act of the Year 2009 – Nigerian Entertainment Awards
- Best Rap Single 2008 – Hip Hop World Awards
- Best New Act- MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
- Best Use of Special Effects in a video-NMVA 2009
- Best Mainstream Hip Hop Video-NMVA 2009
- Musician of the Year-The Future Awards 2010
- Musician of the Year – City People 2010
- Artist of the Year – National Daily 2010
- Musician of the Year – Malaysian African Entertainments Awards 2010
- Most Amiable Brand – Orange Wall of Fame 2010
- Best Rap Single – The Headies 2015Album Of The Year (The Chairman)
- The Headies 2015 Best Rap Album
- Hip Hop World Awards 2009 Lyricist on the Roll
- Hip Hop World Awards 2009 HipHop Revelation
- Hip Hop World Awards 2009 Musician of the Year
- Modemen Awards 2008 Lyricist on the Roll
- Hip Hop World Awards 2008 Best Rap Single
- Hip Hop World Awards 2008 Next Rated
- Hip Hop World Awards 2008 Best Mainstream Hip Hop Video Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Best Director(Mex)
- Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Video of The Year
- Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Best Use of Special Effects in a video
- Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Musician of the Year
- The Future Awards 2009 Face of Hope Ambassador
- Face of Hope Nigeria Project
- Best Rap Single-Hip Hop World Awards 2010
- Lyricist on the Roll-Hip Hop World Awards 2010
- Best International Act- BET Awards 2010
- Artiste of the Year – The Headies 2011
- Album of the Year ( Mi2) – The Headies 2011
- Artist of the Year- Diaspora Professionals, Dubai 2011
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5. M.I Abaga Controversies
M.I had a long-lasting beef with Kellyhandsome at the peak of his career. M.I dissed Kelly Handsome in two songs: Nobody Test Me and Fast Money Fast Cars. I doubt any real M.I fan would forget this line " Only one Kelly that I know, Kelly Rowland. Why would I diss them, give them cheap promotion? I think that they're so dry, I should give them lotion"
M.I and Vector had an entertaining beef
In 2019, M.I and Vector started a rivalry about who is the rap king in Nigeria and both parties took it as far as releasing singles to back up their claims.
6. M.I Abaga Charitable Events
M.I has always used his social media handles to advocate for what is right in the eyes of the public for as long as he has been a celebrity. Those tweets and posts about sensitive topics like Rape, EndSars, CyberCrime e.t.c are unforgettable.
In 2015, M.I performed at a War Against Cancer charity concert at the Eko Hotels and Suites alongside Reminisce and Seyi Shay.
Above is everything to know about M.I Abaga net worth, life and carreer. He is a legendary rapper that Africa can never forget and we hope he soars higher in this path he has chosen.
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