Jude Abaga (born October 4, 1980) known by his stage name M.I, an acronym for Mr. Incredible, is a Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste, lyricist, producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record label executive. He is popularly referred to as the “Chairman” and “Africa’s number 1 rapper” by virtue of his hit songs and impressive track record in the music industry.
Although he grew up in Jos, His parents are originally from Takum, Taraba State, in Nigeria. While pursuing a degree in Business and Economics at Calvin College, Michigan, USA, Jude delved into poetry. At Calvin College, he performed regularly at the school’s major Hip Hop shows and concerts.
Upon his return to Nigeria in 2003, the opinionated Jude Abaga delved into claiming his place in a fast growing industry dominated by the likes of Modenine, Ruggedman and Eedris Abdulkareem. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song Crowd Mentality gained popularity in his hometown, Jos. After the production of some mix-tapes with friend and artiste Djinee, the single Safe, which would propel M.I into critical and mainstream appeal, was born.
In 2008, MI released his debut studio album, Talk About It and soon signed a recording contract with Chocolate City. Since then, M.I’s reputation as African Hip-Hop royalty has been cemented, growing a massive followership amongst fans, young and old alike. His reputation for social consciousness is unrivalled, from lending his voice to free and fair elections to the release of a touching tribute titled Ashes dedicated to the four murdered students of the University of Port-Harcourt, M.I's role and influence in the music industry is unparalleled. He has been responsible for launching many upcoming artistes into the limelight including Wizkid, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Pryse, Brymo, Ice Prince (winner of the 2013 BET Award of Best International African act), amongst others.
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