Audio

M.I Abaga Preaches Self Love In His New Album ‘A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’

Listen to M.I Abaga's latest album 'A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl.'

Nigerian veteran MC M.I Abaga just released a new album, which is a follow-up to 2014's The Chairman. Earlier this year, he released a mixtape/playlist titled Rendezvouz.

Titled A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl, the new album sees the MC give some advice on this life thing. In the opening song, which is titled, "Do you know who you are? Take some time and meditate on you," he preaches about the importance of self-worth. It's easy to compare yourself to a point of depression when you are seeing your friends on social media prospering.


His advice for rappers comes in the form of his viral single "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives." Another one for artists is "Another Thing! Do Not Be A Groupie," in which he raps:

"All these artists acting like groupies where the money is/ For niggas to get ahead, they giving cunnilingus/ Money make these niggas do some funny things."

What's great about the album is that even if it aims to motivate, it doesn't get corny and didactic. M.I still displays the aggression and cynicism that we love about rap, while still not alienating you. Just like on the song, "Stop! Never Second Guess Yourself," he raps, "All them other girls look tragic/ remember when they called you average/ saying that you'd never be a bad bitch/ Ain't it funny? Look at you now, you making money."

Read our Op-Ed: M.I Is the Greatest African Rapper Alive

There's a lot the rapper covers in just 10 tracks. He also explores relationships; the hurt and fear that come with two people trying to love and take care of each other. Where rhymes fall short, he uses sourced audio clips and some conversations between him and other people. So, essentially, the project is a concept album tied together by the theme of self-introspection, which is important in a world that is constantly degrading and devaluing us.

He walks the talk on the song "I Believe In You, You should too, Believe in You," in which he raps about knowing he's the best rapper, and believing in that whether he's applauded or not. But, just like all of us, the veteran MC doesn't have all the answers. On the title track, he opens up about his demons and admits he's been battling depression. He reveals his vices and weaknesses.

This is one hell of an album!

Listen to A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl below:


News Brief

Kiss Between Interracial Couple on South African Soap Opera Sparks Outrage

A kiss between two characters from different races has left racist viewers shook.

According to News24, a kiss shared between two characters in an interracial relationship on the Afrikaans South African soap opera, 7de Laan, has upset some of its faithful viewers.

Keep reading... Show less
Music

Watch New Ambitiouz Entertainment Signee Sibu Nzuza’s Latest Music Video For ‘5 Minutes’

Watch Sibu Nzuza's latest music video.

Sibu Nzuza is the latest artist to join South African popular indie label Ambitiouz Entertainment. The artist, who hails from KZN, was announced sometime last year and released the single "5 Minutes."

The song's visuals stick to the song's lyrics; they show Sibu struggling to strike a balance between devoting himself to his work and spending enough time with his woman.

Keep reading... Show less
Literature
Still taken from uMama trailer.

In Conversation: Zakes Mda on No Story Being too Taboo or Sacred to Tell

The legendary South African writer on storytelling, losing Bra Hugh Masekela and his hopes for South Africa

Zakes Mda, endearingly referred to as Bra Zakes, is a South African literary giant. He is the exemplar "jack of all trades, master of all"—a professional 'dabbler' as he refers to it. An accomplished novelist, playwright, poet and painter, he has written close to two dozen novels thus far, including the beloved Little Suns, Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness. He is extremely hilarious as an individual and never afraid to speak his glorious mind. Case in point:

"Some random guy claims he has lost all respect for me because I hold a different view from his on a specific issue. I'm trying hard to recall what his respect has done for me lately or ever did."
Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.