This is M.I. This is his album “Talk About It“. I would like to give you a sermon as to why I love this guy’s way with words and how it has translated into a great album but I can’t. I would like to thank God and Jesse Jagz for the beats that accompany the album. I have received countless emails to write about this guy but I just did not because I wanted to hear what his final delivery was. I have been listening to random bits off the album waiting for my copy to arrive from Naij. I received it yesterday morning, already copied to the lappie straight unto the Sony mp3 (the sound kills iPod, the look doesn’t) and I listened to the album the whole day non stop (minimum of listen of about 10 times). I really cannot be asked to talk about each track individually as I am not sure I would find words able to define them properly. Lets just say this guy is what I sometimes wish Mos Def or Talib Kweli would sound like and thats a lot seeing as those guys are my two fave artistes. You simply listen to this album and Jay Z and all your fave hip hop artistes would never sound the same again to your ears. M.I, double teamed with Jesse Jagz – his brother, has successfully delivered what could very well be an album so excellently put together and ahead of its time that it would leave you scared to put it down incase it was a good dream that you did not want to go away so you end up listening to it over and over and over just to make sure you have it completely ingrained in your memory even if it fades away. Simply put it is a timeless classic and has simply redefined what Nigerian music is. I see no reason why this album should not do well both in the domestic market and international apart from plain bad bad bad marketing and promotion which I am sure would not be a problem if M.I and his team are smart enough to deliver an album like this (only Fusiongreen has this album internationally as far as I know – wassup M.I, this album should be on iTunes, Amazon & CD Baby by now). The only problem I find with this album is thinking would M.I be able to top this solid effort of his? Only time would tell. Till then we music lovers shall continue to Talk about it while we wait for Jesse Jagz’s offering.
So the next time you listen to another rap/hip hop artiste doing something, you think to yourself, What would M.I do in such a scenario?
Where can I get the album?
If you are international chances are you do not have a copy of the album with you. Album is being launched international early 2009. Do not fret head over to FusionGreen where you can buy all the tracks on the album. Those of you scared they would steal your details, they do accept Paypal, so you do not have to give them your credit card details. Please please please do not put the entire album up for download. Between NotJustOk and WFNB, you have enough samples of the tracks on the album. This is one album the recession should not stop you from getting.
Disclaimer: I do mention fusiongreen a number of times in terms of album purchase. I am in no way affliated with them. They seem to be the only portal able to provide hard to find Naij tracks digitally hence why I always refer to them. Thanks