Monday, March 27, 2023

Music Review: MI Abaga On ‘The Guy’ Reinforces His Legendary Status In The Rap Industry

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Nigerian veteran rapper MI Abaga has dropped his long awaited sixth studio album titled, The Guy.MI abaga the guy

The Guy counts at a wholesome 12 tracks and entertains guest appearances by Duncan Mighty, Wande Coal, Olamide, Phyno, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, BNXN, The Cavemen, Chillz, Lord Vino, Tomi Owo, Ossi Grace, and American veteran rapper, Nas. So lets get into the koko of the matter; This musical rap journey starts with the track from which the album gets its title, The Guy and it is the definition of dope, from the lyrics, to the beat, arrangement, come on, MI Abaga ate up this track. He announced that he has changed his name from MI to The Guy and this guy is bigger and better. On The Guy he speaks on his biff with Vector and how they are cool now. He also touches on the way Yung6ix dragged him earlier this year as he revealed that he was pained.
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The Guy is a breakdown of the new MI Abaga, he unleashed the legend in him and since 2019, he outdid himself here. It is not possible to speak about rap in Africa and not mention the name of this GOAT because he is rap himself. The Hate sheds light on the biff and hate he has been getting from people as he says – You don’t respect your elders anymore, Alright, it’s okay bro, But you should bow down when you talk to me. MI speaks on the fact that he laid the foundation for a lot of rappers in the music industry today, hence they should know where their loyalties lie. The first feature on this body of work comes on the track Bigger, featuring Olamide and Nas and from the beat at the intro, MI proved that he is now the Guy who still has the right keys to make you sing, my gawd. One amazing thing about this track is that while most people expected Olamide to rap, instead he sang the chorus and we are like, whaaattt!!! Nas took Bigger to another dimension. This GOAT sure knows how to pick his features and how to place them.
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Soft Life Tony featuring Lord Vino speaks on the importance of making money so one can be able to live the soft life like Tony Elumelu. Front Door featuring Duncan Mighty gives off the Duncan Mighty vibes which we haven’t heard for a long time now. Crazy featuring Ossi Grace gives us a look into The Guy and we know that we are going to love this legend. Just like Front Door, Crazy, The Love Song featuring Wande Coal, and The Inside featuring Cavemen and Phyno, the talented rap king speaks about his love interest and how invested he is in her. MI Abaga in love is definitely cute. Daddy featuring Chillz gives a feel of the typical the rap legend we knew back in the day and it is refreshing to know that he still got that unique flow. The instrumentality and beat is worth commending. Soldier featuring Tomi Owo is breathtaking. The composition and arrangement here is apt and seamless. This is the kind of track that will get you nodding your head and thinking in the process. Oil featuring BNXN fka Buju is as expected, dope. BNXN’s voice always gets you wanting to hear the next line and the next beat and you won’t know when you will listen to the song till the end. Just as the name implies, on this track, MI Abaga reveals how he was betrayed by his guys but because of the oil on his head, he was able to overcome and raise his hands. The track that ends this blissful musical rap journey is More Life featuring Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz and it is one of the coolest combo on this entire body of work.
Final Thoughts
MI Abaga’s The Guy album get an 8/10 and we are not capping because this body of work is worth the hype. MI didn’t give less than expected, he always delivers. Listen to the album here;
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