One of the biggest challenges for artists in the music business is to stay consistent with producing good music. I believe that in Nigeria and most of Africa’s music industry, it is even more challenging to get artists to consistently put out music. It is why artists like Olamide (Nigeria) and Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), are highly respected and admired for bucking this trend.
When an artist is inconsistent and goes for years without new music, it is nice when fans show and demand accountability from the artist. That’s the story with M.I. Considered one of Africa’s modern day hip-hop icons, M.I., has been missing in action for over three years and after numerous promises of dropping new music, his fans are demanding answers.
One fan, Ayomide O. Tayo, who is also a writer for Pulse Nigeria recently penned an open letter to the artist expressing his frustration with M.I’s inconsistency and a decline in the quality of music produced. Another fan created a rap song to express his disappointment. The good thing is M.I has finally responded to his fans, through a recent interview, to explain his absence.
Read the open letter, listen to the track, and watch M.I’s recent interview explaining his absence.
What’s popping? Hope all is good?
A quick one. Have you listened to this track by KEAD called ‘Letter To M.I’? Please take some time to bump it.
I have listened to this track and it is why I am writing you. The boy dropped some hard hitting lines and facts that have been on my mind for a while.
M.I when you first came into the game- you were a game changer. You turned rap on its head with your classic debut.
The years have rolled by and fortune has been a cruel mistress. You have more than your fair share of low moments (most of them self-inflicted).
It’s been three years since your last album and two years since your last project. Yes, I saw your tweet about your next album being ready. I would leap for joy but we have been down this road before with false hopes and many release dates.
What’s happening M.I? Why has the music suffered? I won’t lie. The fan in me rated “The Chairman” album highly. The collaborative approach to its production got me. Sadly, that LP had a short shelf life partly due to the lyrics which were below your very high standards.
The spark is gone, the flows are not the same and the bars have gone soft bro. It seems there is no more soul in your music. Everything has gone cold.
All greats have underwhelming albums but it is the silence that worries me more. Why do you choose to remain silent when fans yearn for more?
It hurts. It hurts to see one with great potential stay dormant. It says in Ecclesiastes 10:7 “I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.” I know you are a man of the Bible so you would understand that verse.
Chocolate City once the haven for rappers is no more. Jesse Jagz left, came back and left again. Milli, a scarily talented rapper jumped ship. BrymO bounced. A few others have done so too. What is going on?
Why should there be more questions than answers surrounding the rapper we once heralded as “the answer?”
The years that have gone by has made me understand things better. Life is a journey of ups and downs. It throws curve balls at us and no matter how much we shine, we must all pass the darkness at some point.
Greatness co-exists with struggle. Great men are complex and imperfect at the very best. There are moments that we must all fall and get lost. M.I, the fan in me that had goose pimples when I listened to your first album wants to believe that you can find your way back to greatness.
You once rapped that great artists make fake art. It is time you started making greatness again. The silence has been too long. Let the light within you guide you out of the darkness.
one of your biggest fans turned critic and now hopeful spectator.
Warning: Strong language used. Click at your own discretion.
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