M.I Abaga Biography And Net Worth

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M.I Abaga Biography And Net Worth

Born Jude Abaga, M.I. (short for Mr. Incredible) is a Nigerian rapper, hip hop recording artiste, songwriter, and producer. He is the CEO of CHOCOLATE CITY record label. M. I. was born on the 4th of October 1981 in Jos, plateau state, Nigeria where he lived and grew but he is from Takum in Taraba state.

This Nigerian rap demigod is the oldest child and brother to popular Nigerian artist, Jesse Jagz and Jason who is also very active in the entertainment industry (though not as popular as M. I. and Jesse). Jesse Jagz is a prolific rapper like M. I., while Jason is a gifted writer, one of his works being for Nigeria’s most famous television soap, TINSEL. M.I does majorly rap music, and is Nigeria’s undisputed rap soldier and veteran rapper. If you ask me, he is the best rapper living in Africa at the moment. M.I. Abaga is a brand and is among the top 20 richest musicians in Nigeria. He makes his money from music sales, his record Label, endorsements, stage performances, etc. from where he had made a fortune of over $100,000,000.00 for himself.

So, let’s get a bit deeper into the biography of this African rap demigod, and also have a sneak peek into his net worth.

M.I Abaga Biography And Net Worth

Birth, Parentage, and Education

MI is the son of Pastor Chris and Mrs Lydia Abaga and was born on 4 October, 1981 in Jos, Nigeria although he is a native of Takum in Taraba state, Nigeria. He is the eldest child of the family of five which has all male offsprings. M. I. had his basic education at Baptist High School, Jos before moving to Calvin College, Michigan, United states where he studied business administration and economics.

The Journey Into Music

Report has it that M. I. began to nurse and nourish his ambition for music when his mother bought him a basic musical notation (i.e., musical instrument). In his teenage years, he would regularly check out the work of established veteran acts like JayZ, Lauryn hill, DMX, and other artists like Pablo Neruda, Sarah Maclachlan, Bob Marley, etc.

MI was also a good poet and used to perform regularly at the Calvin college’ HipHopera’ show, which was one of the schools major hip hop shows and concerts. He did well there at will later returned to Nigeria in 2003 to pitch his tent in the Nigerian music and rap industry where the likes of mode 9 and foreign acts had already been the flag bearers.

On The Return to Nigeria

Some of the people who were quite instrumental to M. I.’s success included his friend Jeremiah Gyang (then a signee to Chocolate City) who took him around Lagos, Abuja and Enugu for shows. Another person is Djinee whom he met in Enugu and would later team up with him to produce his mix tape from where the single ‘Safe’ was birthed. “Safe” later became so popular and phenomenal to M. I.’s career and earned him several awards, recording massive airplays on Nigeria and other African radio/TV stations and music video stations.

Before being signed on to Chocolate City owned at the time by Audu Maikori, M.I. had earlier founded his own record label, “Loopy Records” in Jos, Plateau which had signees like Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, Ruby, Lindsay, E Kelly and E Bulk. Some of these Loopy records acts like Ice Prince moved on to Chocolate City. At the time, Audu Maikori was the C.E.O of CHOCOLATE CITY but later resigned in 2015 and M. I. took over. He thus had to relocate from Jos to Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory (FCT) to manage the record label which signees include Ruby Gyang, Young Marley, Coker, Jesse Jagz, etc.

Music and Career Successes

M.I. has recorded huge successes in the Nigeria entertainment industy. His debut album is “Let’s talk about it” with the sample mixtape, “Illegal Music 1” which has spun in 3 parts through 2009, 2012, and 2016 respectively.

M.I. has worked really hard and with the combination of intelligence, grace and favour, has risen to an indelible height in his musical career. He is a perfect case study of someone who has not allowed his physique to defy his success potentials. What height could not give him; he has gotten via his lyrics. Today, he co-owns Rytchus era, a music production company, which other owner is his brother, Jesse Jagz.

Mi Abaga’s Discography

See a list of M.I.’s albums and mixtapes below

  1. Talk About It (Album) Released In 2008
  2. Illegal Music (Mixtape) Released In 2009
  3. Mi2: The Movie (Album) Released In 2010
  4. Illegal Music (Mixtape) Released In 2012
  5. The Chairman Album Released In 2014
  6. Illegal Music 3: The Finale Released In 2016

M.I.’s Singles And Collaborations

M.I. has had done several hit singles too many to count and has collaborated with a lot of artistes locally and internationally to release hit tracks. He is equally phenomenal to the success of several artistes especially in Nigeria including the likes of Brymo, Ruby, Jesse Jagz, wizkid, ice prince, kaligraph jones, pype, tone, etc.

Some of M. I. hit singles include the following:

  1. Hustle (2008),
  2. Safe (2008),
  3. Short black boy (2010),
  4. Number One ft. Flavour (2010),
  5. Beef (2010),
  6. Nobody ft. Tuface Idibia (2baba) (2010),
  7. One Naira ft. Waje (2010),
  8. Unstoppable (2010)
  9. problems (2010)
  10. Wild Wild West (2010).
  11. My Belle, My Head (2010),
  12. loving me (2012)
  13. Everything (2016)
  14. Bad Belle (2014),
  15. Monkey ft. Chigurl (2014)
  16. Human being ft. sound sultan and Tuface Idibia (2014),
  17. Bullion Van (2014)
  18. King James,

Some of the artists M.I. has done collaborations with include Patoranking, Frank Edwards, Koker, Debbie, Oritse Femi Reminisce, Moti Cakes, Morell, Beanie Man, Emmy Ace, Runtown, Nosa, Milli, Stormrex, Seyi Shay, Sarkodie, Dj Lambo, Loose Kaynon, etc.

  1. I.’s Albums

M.I. has both studio albums and compilation albums to his credit. See a list of M. I.’s studio albums below:

  1. Talk About It (2008)
  2. I 2 (2010)
  3. The Chairman (2014)

See a list of M. I.’s compilation Albums below:

  1. The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation (with Chocolate City) (2015)
  2. MixtapesIllegal Music (2009)
  3. Illegal Music 2 (2012)
  4. Illegal Music 3: The Finale (2016)
  5. I.’s Endorsements
  6. I. is arguably Africa’s best rapper. His lyrical is prowess, his deliveries are killing, his flows and lines are heavy and he’s got what anyone can look for in a 21’s century entertainer, not just artist. Despite the stiff competition he has met in the industry, he still stands tall like the rock of Gibraltar and does not seem to be going off any time soon. So, he deserves some accolades and endorsements a good number of which he already has to his credit like the ones listed below:
  7. The Gillette2 campaign in 2012
  8. 7 days croissant in 2012
  9. Hennessey artistry in 2012
  10. Globacom Xfactor judge in 2013
  11. Globacom Ambassador since 2015
  12. Lagos energy ambassador in 2013
  13. Tecno own the stage judge 2015
  14. Martel Nigeria since 2016 till date
  15. I.’s Awards and Nominations
  16. Best Rap Album (The Chairman) – The Headies 2015
  17. Best Rap Album 2009 – Hip Hop world Awards
  18. Hip Hop Revelation 2009 – Hip Hop World Awards
  19. Best New Act of the Year 2009 – Nigerian Entertainment Awards
  20. Best Rap Single 2008 – Hip Hop World Awards
  21. Musician of the Year – Modemen Awards 2008
  22. Best New Act- MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
  23. Best Use of Special Effects in a video – NMVA 2009
  24. Best Mainstream Hip Hop Video – NMVA 2009
  25. Musician of the Year -The Future Awards 2010
  26. Musician of the Year – City People 2010
  27. Artist of the Year – National Daily 2010
  28. Musician of the Year – Malaysian African Entertainments Awards 2010
  29. Most Amiable Brand – Orange Wall of Fame 2010
  30. I.’s Nominations
  31. Best Rap Single – The Headies 2015 Album Of The Year (The Chairman)
  32. The Headies 2015 Best Rap Album
  33. Hip Hop World Awards 2009 Lyricist on the Roll
  34. Hip Hop World Awards 2009 HipHop Revelation
  35. Hip Hop World Awards 2009 Musician of the Year
  36. Modemen Awards 2008 Lyricist on the Roll
  37. Hip Hop World Awards 2008 Best Rap Single
  38. Hip Hop World Awards 2008 Next Rated
  39. Hip Hop World Awards 2008 Best Mainstream Hip Hop Video Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Best Director(Mex)
  40. Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Video of The Year
  41. Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Best Use of Special Effects in a video
  42. Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 Musician of the Year
  43. The Future Awards 2009 Face of Hope Ambassador
  44. Face of Hope Nigeria Project
  45. Best Rap Single-Hip Hop World Awards 2010
  46. Lyricist on the Roll-Hip Hop World Awards 2010
  47. Best International Act- BET Awards 2010
  48. Artiste of the Year – The Headies 2011
  49. Album of the Year ( Mi2) – The Headies 2011
  50. Artist of the Year- Diaspora Professionals, Dubai 2011
  51. I’s Net Worth
  52. I., Africa’s king of rap music and CEO of Chocolate City music is valued at between $3.9million and $6 million. This is an enviable height derived from his music sales, his record Label, endorsements, stage performances, and juicy record deals such as that with Telecom giant, Glo Nigeria. He is without any iota of doubt one of the richest indigenous rappers in Africa. He is looked up to by many Nigerian youths as his life and successes is a reflection of his consistency, hard work, humility, dedication and positive influence.

 

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