In this album review or assessment, HipMelody discusses how MI demonstrates his rise to legendary stature through its helmsman-like lyrics and delivery. The song is a fusion of Afro-pop, Hip-hop, Traditional Pop, Highlife, and R&B sonics, and the story of how he started a protracted introspective journey that focuses around themes like responsibility, romance, and pride for one’s work
It is Jude Abaga’s ability as a great poet and a hardcore punch liner with easy delivery that makes him known professionally as MI (also known as The Guy).
With help from numerous renowned musicians, including Olamide, Nas, Wande Coal, The Cavemen, Phyno, Buju (BNXN), Jesse Jags, Ice Prince, Duncan Mighty, and many more. The Guy, as MI Abaga, released “The Guy Album” with a soundtrack of raw lyrics.
It’s interesting to note that “Chopstix,” a veteran music producer, produced the majority of the tracks on “The Guy” album. Each chord, synth, bassline, drum kick, and other musical component was carefully chosen to complement the “default” style of each artist.
A musician with over 20 years of experience in the music business, four chart-topping albums, two excellent EPs, and the CEO of Chocolate City is known by the stage name Mister Incredible. He left a lasting imprint on the development of hip-hop and the music business as a whole.
At that particular time, one could say the rap scene was blooming and receiving a lot of attention. M.I came into the spotlight somewhere near the end of the 2000s. In the year 2022, MI Abaga unquestionably ranks among the most popular rappers in Africa. It’s August 19th, the height of summer, when few listeners would anticipate a project brimming with teamwork.
After more than 15 years as Mister Incredible, MI retired the name and transformed to “The Guy” while recording the “The Guy” album, renouncing his former self and donning a new body.
A Track by Track Analysis of the Album “The Guy”
“The Guy,” the opening track, lead single, and title track of the album, was pre-released prior to its official release. “The Guy” is proof of MI’s adaptability. Wordplays like “Some of you no dey ever grasp the message and that’s on Glo, Me I like the way that I am feeling now while that’s on Poe” flow on the mid-tempo drill. He spoke profound ideas with such courage and fervor that it let listeners visualize what the artist was attempting to say.
He said, “And me and Vector are great even though we don’t communicate everyday (oshamo),” in response to the rumors that he and “Vector” are at odds. The Guy is an unambiguous assertion of fact.
A subtle diss track, “The Hate” is a retort to those who don’t respect his legendary status. On this tune, Jude Abaga, a paranoid character, took the place of the MI Abaga, who creates amusing and clever lyrics.
He stated: “Although it’s alright that you no longer respect your elders, you ought to get down on one knee when you speak to me. The people in Soweto bought my shit down and told me I was a god, a king, and a Pharaoh (Yes). I’ve been a leader ever since I was a baby. Because I say so, you should pay attentive attention while I speak.” putting his critics in their place, warning them severely, and reiterating his role as God.
This is history right here, as MI stated in the “Bigger” preface; he is not exaggerating. Olamide and Nas working together on a single is genuinely historic and long overdue. The musicians boasted about their accomplishments and looked back on their journey on this song.
The song is best characterized as having a sensual club atmosphere, with Olamide providing the chorus melody and hook, and NAS showing us once again why he is a tough wordsmith. He stated: “My street smarts on code: follow the story as it develops I sometimes wonder if I’m a clone because I’m getting stronger every day. How tiresome is my unique rhyme.”
It’s a bop and a mellow song called “Soft Life Tony.” The fact that this is MI’s first try at amapiano just serves to highlight how versatile his artistic style is. Rap delivery that moves to the rhythm of the amapiano rhythms.
I Just Want Soft Like Tony by Lord Vino, which is the hook’s standout tune, is tongue-twisting. The song has a seductive club vibe, to use the best description.
MI and Duncan Mighty dressed as lover boys for “The Front Door.” Even still, the song’s lyrics—in which MI speaks to a girl about love—are rather standard. However, the CD didn’t need this song.
Although Duncan Mighty’s verse benefits from a steady cadence and honest lyrics, the song isn’t particularly memorable. For the song “Odo open your door oh, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo, odo opens your love oh baby oh.”
The song lacks the necessary intensity, much like the album’s “Daddy” featuring Chillz. The hook seems to be intended to capture that emotion, but not even Duncan Mighty’s vocals could. The standout artist of these tracks is MI Abaga, though. The song is led by MI, and he delivers phrases that appear genuine.
The two songs “Crazy” ft. Ossi Grace and “Soldier” with Tomi Owo save the album. soothing and tranquil. Ossi Grace’s voice is absolutely divine, while Tomi Owo shines with her rich, soft vocals and passionate live performances. These songs’ chorus and hook are their strongest features.
With more organ chords and a torrent of thought-provoking lyrics, MI jumps in. The second song, which is dedicated to Twitter users who make offensive comments yet need assistance, is a song of help whereas the first is a song of hope. Overall, it’s a solid song that you might find yourself playing again and over again just to hear the mellow chorus and the verse.
“The Love Song” is one of several songs with female names that express yearning for and fixation over a woman’s body. Another outstanding song from the album, this one is wonderful for many reasons, but Wande Coal shines out.
It was inevitable that these two musical talents would work together to create a hit song, and they didn’t let their fans down. As with most of the tracks on the album, the hook of this song, which has an Afro-house feel to it, is what draws listeners in. When the hook starts playing, regardless of how you feel about the song, your body starts to move to it. Wande Coal sings beautifully as always, and MI’s delivery hit the right note.
On “The Inside,” Cavemen incorporated jazz and soul music components with their clear highlife influences, while Phyno strengthened the astounding vocal abilities of a very accomplished Nigerian music rapper and musician. MI’s verse was viby, evoking the nostalgic highlife soul.
The song “Oil” Ft. Buju BNXN features MI and the duo glides on a seamless range, starting with a lengthy saxophone sound, with wonderful accompanying vocals by BNXN and MI’s buttery smooth trap flow. This song must be regarded as one of the best tracks on the album.
When it came to MI, Jesse Jags and Ice Prince delivered on the album’s “More Life” outro song. Both Jesse Jags and Ice Prince are recognized for their lyrical sublimity, so instinctually, demands in aspects of poetic level of detail and catch phrases were incredibly high, and the pair didn’t fail to meet them. The song powerfully recognises with everything life experiences and makes it very approachable. MI offers us a verse with a lovely melody.
In the end, it’s reasonable to conclude that MI Abaga has earned his keep while rebranding himself with “The Guy.” As a result, he doesn’t have to prove himself to listeners once again in order for them to confer him all of the glories he feels he deserves. The success of “The Guy” is evidence of MI Abaga’s legend status.
Is the writing as good as it was on his earlier albums? Absolutely not. But is that what he requires at this very moment, when he ascends to legendary status? It is, indeed!
What do you think of the album “The Guy”? Is the project under budget, or is anything missing?