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Afropolitan - The Evolution of M.I

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Quote - “I'm the first person from my village to get the opportunity to go to school abroad.”

The Afropolitan Podcast highlights Afropolitans who embrace the unknown and walk with purpose. Through this podcast, we aim to empower Africans in the Diaspora to maximize their potential and contribute to the development of a vibrant and progressive black community.

In this episode, we are joined by M.I Abaga, Africa's biggest and most decorated rapper. M.I is a Nigerian hip-hop legend, record producer, and CEO of Chocolate City Music, the biggest music and entertainment company in Africa.

M.I has collaborated with major brands and some of the biggest artists across Africa and the world. He has eight #1 albums/mixtapes to his name, including "Talk About It," "MI2," "Illegal Music Series," "The Chairman," "Rendezvous," and "Yxng Dxnzl." M.I is also the recipient of many international and local awards, including BET Awards, MTV Awards, Headies Awards, The Future Awards, SMVA, NEA, and many more.

Listen and enjoy as M.I Abaga shares his inspiring journey, from being the first person in his village to get the opportunity to study abroad, to his role in making hip-hop more widely accepted in Africa. He also talks about the challenges of remaining relevant in the industry, dealing with jealousy and envy, and his new journey with Incredible Music.

Show Notes:

2:43 Introduction and M.I's background.

11:58 The importance of reinvention in M.I's life and career.

18:56 Transitioning to becoming number one in the industry.

22:48 Fighting against the urge to become a caricature of oneself and evolving with time.

31:18 Dealing with negative emotions like jealousy, envy, and resentment in the music industry.

40:05 The controversial beef with Vector and its aftermath.

1:03:19 The idea of artists as entities and the balance between creativity and business in the music industry.

1:11:15 M.I on his new journey and future plans.

The Afropolitan Podcast is hosted by Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan. Listen and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Jamit, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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