The son of a Pastor, M.Iâ€™s first taste of Hip-Hop was through sampling the works of DMX and Lauryn Hill. In 1999 the proficient producer, lyricist, songwriter and instrumentalist left Nigeria for Calvin College, Michigan, USA to pursue a degree in business and economics. There he interacted with the budding Michigan Hip-Hop community. He performed at all the major Hip-Hop and R&B shows and later came third in the Calvin College â€œHip Hoperaâ€ 2003. M.I returned to Plateau, Nigeria in 2005 to find the local music industry on the verge of a revolution and was set to take African Hip-Hop to new heights. MI set up Rhytchus Era Productions with his brother Jesse Jagz Jesse Abaga and started to develop budding artists in the local scene in Jos-Lindsey, Ruby, Ice Prince, Eve-were all part of his musical crew named Loopy Records.In 2006 he was signed on to Chocolate City Music and released the tune â€œCrowd Mentalityâ€ which went on to win Best Rap Single at the Hip Hop World Awards in 2008. His debut offering titled Talk About It â€“released in December 2008-
which he produced alongside his brother Jesse Jagz paved the way for (then unknown) artists like Wizkid, YQ, Pype and Â Lindsey.