MI Abaga has argued that the Afrobeats industry is not respecting hip-hop musicians in Nigeria.
The rapper went on a tweeting spree on Friday to touch on issues including the place of rap in the music industry.
Abaga said it’s until Nigerian rappers begin to place a premium on themselves that they would gain respect.
“A lot of rappers would have eaten if they listened to me. Not every opinion is equal,” the rapper said.
“I was invited to meet Rick Ross. I responded by saying if I could do it one on one. Of course, they declined.
“The Afrobeats industry will not respect Hip-hop just because… that’s fine. Let’s accept it as what it is and make great music for the ones who do care.
“That’s how I created the wave the first time! Every single time I gave them the music I never cheated them.
“I made classic after classic and am relentless still. The guy is my best album yet coming soon! Classic. Give your best and the music will grow!
“My first big gig ever was in 2008 with Jay Z and Rihanna and Usher.
“How I was treated that day taught me a valuable lesson. Them no go respect us, until we respect ourselves.”
That’s how I created the wave the first time!!! Every single time I gave them music I never cheated them.. I made classic after classic and am relentless still.. the guy is my best album yet coming soon! Classic.. give your best and the music will grow!Advertisement
— M.I Abaga (@MI_Abaga) April 15, 2022
My first big gig ever was in 2008 with Jay Z and Rihanna and Usher.. how I was treated that day taught me a valuable lesson.. them no go respect us.. until we respect ourselves
— M.I Abaga (@MI_Abaga) April 15, 2022Advertisement
Rick Ross, the US rapper, touched down in Lagos on Wednesday for a concert ahead of the Easter weekend.
His show, themed ‘Rick Ross Live In Lagos’, took place on Thursday, April 14, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
The show featured performances from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, DJ Obi, The Cavemen, Fave, and DJ Yin.
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