Nigerian rap-icon, M.I. releases "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives" - a lyrical scolding of young Nigerian rappers. Trappy in every way, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives" is a lyrical-flogging of sell-out rappers in Nigeria. #YRSFUYL sees M.I. re-emerge as Africa's No.1 Rapper. To be honest, M.I. is right! Nigerian-rap music hasn't quite lived up to expectations since Chocolate City popped up on the scene a decade or so ago. Rap-culture in Nigeria seems to be diluted! In an atmosphere where pop dominates and directs the course of the Nigerian music industry, it's rare to see real-rap music break the glass ceiling as frequently as we'd expect. Yes, there are rare occasions when a song or an album or two from an extraordinary Nigerian rappers tends to reach the benchmark of rap-culture but that isn't enough for a music industry that is currently making headlines around the world. M.I.'s "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives" addresses this issue head-on. Even going further to state what our music editors at MUSIC UNITES AFRICA have been debating for some weeks; which is that South Africa's rap-scene is currently way more advanced and superior to the Nigeria's.
With emerging South African rappers such as the likes of Frank Casino, Emtee, J Molley, Big Star, Dilaman Watts and others, coupled with established rappers like Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Kwesta, Khuli Chana, Anatii, Da L.E.S; it's time the Nigerian rappers WAKE UP from lethargy. Rap is an art form misunderstood by many, But still, it is a dominant force in shaping today's culture and tomorrow's leaders. It is as sacred as the ancient traditions of Martial Arts. Do you think M.I. is right to tackle young rappers in this merciless but Fatherly Love-like manner? Let us know by leaving a comment! Listen to "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives" on Deezer.