Reviewing M.I.’s “The Guy”

M.I’s “The Guy” album, is an in-depth take from the legendary Nigerian rapper; he transits from one head space to another, smoothly launching from song to song, taking various forms and utilising profound storytelling.

M.I shows a high level of professionality at what he does through the album, and he asserts himself as “The Guy,” in regards to Rap and Hip-hop in Africa. Mr Incredible invested so much to portray himself correctly, giving his genuine feedback to some of his ardent critics. He was bold enough to express with the help of diverse creators. It was a star studded project and almost every song had something fresh to offer.

On the opener track “The Guy,” M.I reveres God first, speaking of a time prior to all the accolades. He talks about Vector and himself being cool and sharing a mutual love and respect. On “Hate,” he asks his critics about the hate he receives and clarifies why the respect has to go up. He brought together Nas and Olamide on “Bigger,” which was fluid in chemistry and focused in narratives surrounding dominance, married life and future aspirations. For Phyno & The Cavemen’s effort on “The Inside,” the trio shined brightly.

“Oil” with BNXN fka Buju is reminiscent of the past; M.I becomes introspective, he calls himself anointed, and shows vulnerability in awareness of his many enemies, bearing it all as the anointed king. “More Life,” brings M.I on the union with his brother Jesse Jagz and his close friend Ice Prince. The closer track sees M.I comfortable in his skin, surrounded by close confidants.

M.I made several stand outs which includes all the songs I mentioned on this story. More stand outs were “Soldier” with Tomi Owò, “Crazy” perfectly assisted by Ossi Grace. Wande Coal’s input on “The Love Song” inclusively. M.I is the guy, you only have to pay attention. Loving rap culture, that is what it comes with. Pay close attention to details to understand the trajectory of the artiste.

M.I’s “The Guy” is an answer to everyone’s doubt on the fall of rap culture and hip-hop in Nigeria. On “The Guy” album there is one thing I appreciate it for which was the boldness and courage from M.I Abaga’s lines, he blows hot with robust lyricism, as he lets listeners into his love life, and his status as top dog in the game.

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