MI reacts to Wizkid’s ‘rap is dead’ comment
TSB News reports that Veteran Nigerian rapper, Jude Abaga popularly known as MI, has reacted to comments by Afrobeats star, Wizkid regarding the Hip-hop music scene.
In an interview with 10 magazine published on Thursday, Wizkid hailed the growth of the Afrobeats music in the international scene while also taking a dig at his rapper colleagues.
The Essence crooner stated that, aside from Afrobeats, he does not listen to any other genre, particularly rap, because most songs produced in the genre were “boring.”
“If I’m being honest, I don’t listen to any other genre of music anymore,” he said. “I don’t listen to rap, that sht is boring to me. It’s dead now, it’s tired. These guys do the same sht, rap on the same beats, same flows.”
He, however, added, “No disrespect to nobody. I don’t have anything against rap or any other type of music. I have a lot of rappers as friends, like a lot. So I’m probably the wrong person to say this.”
Reacting to the remark, MI, one of the pioneers of Nigerian rap, stated that while most rappers had not gained popularity, the hip-hop scene was looking promising at the moment.
He tweeted on Friday, “The energy around HIP-HOP right now feels right. I know most rappers are still not the most popular yet.. but right now is time for us to focus on the craft.. just keep getting better.. this year we did so well as a genre and next year we grow!!”
He also mentioned names of rappers in the industry including, the SDC duo, Falz, Vector, Ladipoe, Blaqbones, Ajebo hustlers, Iceprince, and hailed them for putting in the work to further establish the genre.
“Point is that rap is on the rise!” he declared.