“The Afrobeats industry will not respect hip-hop artistes just because…” MI Abaga Laments For Not Meeting Rick Ross.
Jude Lemfani Abaga, also known as M.I Abaga, a Nigerian rapper and record producer, has decried the animosity in the hip-hop business.
According to the rapper, the Afrobeats industry has little regard for hip-hop artists.
He expressed his dissatisfaction over being denied a one-on-one meeting with Rick Ross, an American rapper.
He reported on his Twitter account that he was invited to meet Rick Ross, but that his desire for a private meeting with him was denied.
He however stated that he wasn’t surprised with their action as he would continue to make great music for the ones who truly care.
In a subsequent tweet, he detailed how he met Jay Z, Rihanna, and Usher at his first gig in 2008 and was treated badly.
He revealed that the treatment he received that day taught him something important.
No one will respect you until you respect yourself, he added.
“My first 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”.
“Lastly…. I was invited to meet Rick Ross.. I responded by saying if I could donut one one one. Ofcourse 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”.
Rick Ross was in Lagos for an Easter concert, as you may recall.
After his initial trip to Nigeria in 2012, the rapper returned for two reasons: to do his ‘Rick Ross Live in Lagos’ show and to meet and greet Bellaire privately.
When Rick Ross appeared on Psquare’s song Beautiful Onyinye, he captivated the hearts of Nigerians.