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Why I didn’t sign Wizkid to Chocolate City in 2010 – MI Abaga

Ace rapper MI Abaga shares how he missed out on signing Wizkid before Banky W.


Critically acclaimed Nigerian rapper, Jude Abaga better known as MI, has revealed how he missed out on signing Wizkid to Chocolate City Records.

Speaking during an Instagram live session with Ubi Franklin, a serial businessman and aide to the Cross River State Governor on Tourism, MI stated that he could have given Wizkid a record deal when the ‘Joro’ singer kick-started his career.

However, the rapper explained that he couldn’t do so owing to the fact that Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince hadn’t made their debut yet.

During the Instagram live chat tagged ‘Talks with Ubi’, MI said: “I knew Wizkid first and I think Banky W had heard him on a song (too).”Wizkid was much focused when we started working. When I met him, I thought we could have given him a record deal and Wizkid would have taken it back then.

“However, you have to remember that this was before Chocolate City had any clout. I couldn’t sign him because Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince hadn’t ‘come out'”.Abaga also recalled that his computer ‘crashed’ when he first produced the songs on his debut album, ‘Talk About It’.

“My system crashed when I wanted to record my first album so I had to go over it again and reproduced everything.”I produced every thing on the ‘Talk About It’ album apart from ‘Fast money, Fast cars’ with Wizkid. It came out and all of a sudden, people started praising me,” he revealed.

Going further Mi spilled some never heard before desires. He said, “Everybody thinks I am very funny. However, one joke got me into trouble recently. People around me think I am funny. Comedy is not always about the joke; it’s also about the timing and delivery.

“One of my secret goals is to tell jokes at a stand-up comedy show. I know it’s going to be bad, but it’s to just go on stage and tell those jokes and see what happens. If I mess up, then so be it.”

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