M.I. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Op-Ed: M.I Is The Greatest African Rapper Alive

The Nigerian rapper and CEO of Chocolate City, the country's largest record label, talks about his two 2018 albums, the socio-political state of Nigeria, black excellence, and more.

In August last year, the rapper M.I got into a heated argument with the hosts of Loose Talk, a popular Nigerian culture podcast over an article written by co-host Ayomide O. Tayo which questioned why M.I's music had "suffered" and the rapper's "spark [was] gone, the flows are not the same and the bars have gone soft. It seems there is no more soul in [the] music. Everything has gone cold."

Egos, facts and emotions may have dictated the tenor of the interview, but integrity was what was at stake: that of M.I's who sits atop the continent's rap stratum, and that of the hosts of Loose Talk with its large and loyal following of young Nigerians, who, for their part, are never short of strong opinions.

M.I's guest episode has garnered 45-thousand views on Youtube, the highest for the pop culture podcast and the most popular in the country. The debate metastasized on Twitter spawning related questions about media etiquette, the state of music journalism (in print), and the dearth of rap in Nigeria.

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Best Music of the Week: Mr Eazi, Sauti Sol, Wizkid, Burna Boy & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in ourSongs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Mr Eazi "Pour Me Water"

Mr Eazi's back with a new song that features his signature laid back flow and tidy production from E Kelly. With its mellow and understated afrobeats vibe, "Pour Me Water" is a quintessential Eazi track, and we're not complaining.

Juls "Gwarn" feat. Burna Boy

"Gwarn," the ultra-smooth afrobeats collaboration from British-Ghanaian producer Juls and Nigerian star Burna Boy, has been on constant heavy rotation these days. The new single has now gotten an incredible animated visual to go along with it—its probably the best music video you'll see all month.

Sauti Sol "Melanin" feat. Patoranking

Sauti Sol celebrate "Melanin" in their stunning new video with Patoranking. The Kenyan afro-pop stars team up with the Nigerian dancehall artist to give us "Melanin," the lead single from their forthcoming Afrikan Sauce LP.

Wizkid & MUT4Y "Manya"

Wizkid and MUT4Y's new video for "Manya" will give you life. Starboy heads to Fela's New Afrika Shrine in the video for this heavy dance tune alongside the Legendury Beatz producer.

J Hus "Bouff Daddy"

J Hus' new music video for "Bouff Daddy" is a kaleidoscope of vibes. The Gambian-British MC shows us how to have a good time poolside paired with sharp visuals.

Young Fathers "Lord"

Mercury Prize-winning Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers deliver a stunning music video for their angelic new track "Lord."

Kwaye "Lost In My Boots"

Zimbabwe-born artist Kwaye released his debut EP, Solar, a few months ago. The LA-based singer is now sharing "Lost In My Boots," a beautifully-crafted new songs about losing faith in a relationship.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

Africa In Your Earbuds


Download the 1980s "Afro Cosmic Club Vol. 3" mixtape from African Hip-Hop's DJ Gioumanne in our latest Africa In Your Earbuds.

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