What else is there to say about a man that can apparently do everything lyrically??? MI Abaga, Mr. Incredible himself. Journalistic Integrity calls for me to be impartial during reviews, but with every song this ‘short black dude’ puts out, it gets harder.
Barely a year after his debut album, he is back with another hard hitting, ‘boom shaka laka alaba’ (in his own words) song. The song is over 5minutes long, and within that time, we are reminded that this is an MC on the very top of the rap chain with no intentions of falling off.
On almost a bare soundtrack, ‘SOMEBODY WANTS TO DIE’ is laced with typical samples we have come to expect from Him. The song starts with a verse of scripture from the book of psalms talking about protection from evil, and straightway plunges into a mournful wailing hook claiming ‘somebody wants to die’ over and over again.
Behold, M.I takes over and reminds us of his trademark metaphors; but this time, they were more lethal than ever. The song is rumoured to be a rejoinder to US based rapper Iceberg Slim’s ‘Mr International (whether or not this is true, you make up your own mind).
Either ways, he stakes his claim as the standard when it comes to Nigerian Rap and also as one eager to avoid drama. At the same time, he reminds all comers that if it is a bare knuckled lyrical street fight they want, then they should look no further, keeping in mind that there can only be one outcome to the contest, ‘MI on top’.
Heir apparent to the Chocolate City Dynasty, Iceprince, featured on the track and truth be told, he more than held his own against ‘The Boss like Hugo’, making the point that Chocolate City transcends M.I and Jesse Jagz.
After observing the flawless ease and transition with which the ‘J - town lyricist’ delivers his verses, it dawned on me that I could actually listen to him for minutes on end without looking for a hook.
If this is a teaser for his forthcoming album ‘M.I 2’, I for one cannot wait.
For those that have not heard the song, it is right here: