M.I.

By Lolade Sowoolu
Whatever deal it is the shortblack boy just clinched that’s making him give up singing like he claims had better be fat and true because we’re beginning to tire of this popular stunt. Some of your predecessors have tried similar stunts (ask Tunde and Wunmi Obe) only to debunk over and over after a while and then release the next album. In the process, they occupy media space before announcing the next album release and then we find out it’s been a calculated move to stay talked about.

Last week, ‘news’ of the rapper called MI ditching music for acting in Nollywood emanated from his label, Chocolate city, confirming earlier speculations allegedly planted by same label. The release went as far as telling us that the artiste “jet out to Los Angeles last week to take shots on scenes from his forthcoming debut performance in the action movie which he is cast in”. The implication of this information, as now confirmed by his publicist, is that there would be a delay in releasing the rapper’s very anticipated sophomore album previously scheduled for a September/October release I’m not sure the media’s quite falling for this ‘news’ from your camp – until of course we see the movie trailer, and I advise the public to take the same stand.

Yes we’ve seen a number of Nollywood artistes dabble in and out of music: from Cossy Orjiakor, to Genevieve Nnaji, Jim Iyke and then Omotola who’s presently preparing for the launch of her second album at an undisclosed venue where tables will sell for N1m each (that’s a topic for another day). Some recording artistes have also made a few appearances in Nolywood flicks – the likes of 9ice, Pasuma, Osupa and Jaywon to mention a few, but none of these artistes ever sacrificed their singing careers for one in Nollywood nor confirmed such speculations when made.

Mister Incredible Jude Abaga was a breath of fresh air when he came to us. He was quickly tagged ‘the rappers’ rapper’ by music pundits as he dominated the rap scene, just before introducing his brother – Jesse Jagz and other protegees to the stage. Now only a few weeks to the hyped release of his followup album titled ‘M.I 2’, ‘news’ of a tentative career switch breaks from his camp. So I ask; Is Mr Jude Abaga about to set a record as his label’s trying to make us believe? Or is this another propaganda from another artiste, to keep us talking about him or appealing for his kind of music?

What if he’s truly taking a break for Nollywood, can he be Nigeria’s Denzel Washington? One factor will tell – time!

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