M.I.'s Artist Profile
Jude was born in Jos to Mr and Mrs Abaga. Though not much is known about his upbringing, it is believed that he was an active participant at his local church choir in Jos. He attended the Baptist High School where his mother purchased basic music notations and later, a 7-key mini piano which launched him into the music world. Jude has a brother, Jesse Jagz who is also prominent in the Nigerian and African music scene. During Jude's childhood, he would listen to tracks from Lauryn Hill, Robert Nesta Marley, Sarah Mchlaclan, Pablo Neruda, Jay-Z and DMX.
MI's venture in the Hip Hop world started with the sampling of musical works from DMX and Lauryn Hill as early as 1998. After his stint at Calvin College, Michigan, USA, he delved into Poetry while pursuing a career in Business and Economics. There, he performed regularly at the school's major Hip Hop shows and concerts.His impressive rap flows and attitude gained him a third place finish at the Calvin College show tagged 'HipHopera' in 2003.
Jude began his music career when he returned to Nigeria in 2005. Finding his place in an industry dominated by the likes of Modenine, Ruggedman and Eedris Abdulkareem, he quickly commenced the production of mixtapes with his friend Djinee. This led to the critically acclaimed single 'Safe' which has gathered impressive airplay by African radio and music video stations such as MTV Vibe. The track also earned him awards at the Nigerian Music Video Awards, City People, N.E.A amongst others.
The hype surrounding the release of Safe led to the critical acclaim given to his first studio album titled Let's Talk About It. The album gathered awards such as Musician of the Year (Modemen Awards in 2008), Best Hip Hop Artist (City People Awards).
His popularity got to the youth of nigeria and he become one of the highly rated nigerian artist and has been recently compaired to other artist like Naeto C, D'banj and Mode 9.
His album "Talk about it" had songs like Safe, Short black boy, Money, Teaser, Crowd mentality, Fast money fast cars etc
To most people Jude Abaga is known as the best lyricist Nigeria has seen.
His recently released album, 'M.I 2', is actually a full feature movie/sound track album.
MI2 is be his first movie under the Chocolate City Pictures.