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Video: Brother’s M.I. and Jesse Jagz Taking Over Hip Hop In Nigeria


Growing up in Jos, Nigeria, Jesse Abaga, aka Jesse Jagz, and his older brother Jude, aka M.I., were taught the basics of music that we all seem to learn as kids, like playing piano and singing with mom. Clearly with these two brothers there was something else going on there. M.I. has already been nominated for numerous national and international awards (having won some as well), and “Jago” is currently nominated for 3 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.  The brothers, along with Chocolate City Records, the label that signed them both, are literally taking over Nigerian Hip Hop. Jesse’s first album Jag of all Tradez, which is self produced, dropped about two months ago and is already platinum in Nigeria. Meanwhile M.I. will be releasing his second self-produced album M.I.2 in October - we're expecting big sales on this one, as he saw his first album sell 30,000 copies in just 30 minutes!  Watch Jesse Jagz feat. M.I. and Ice Prince above with "Nobody Test Me" (Choc Boi Anthem) for a taste.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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