“Fix Your Life” crooner, MI Abaga has made quite a profound statement concerning the origin of rap. According to the artist, the origin of rap can be traced to Nigeria. He, further used the Igbo culture to explain his statement.
This is has to say:
“My father is a pastor and I was born into an organisation called Great Commission Movement and my friends while growing up were all white; my first friend’s name was Jonathan Skidmore. Furthermore,I went to a school called Kent Academy in Jos and it was also filled with white kids; from there, I went to another school called Little Genius and this school also had white people there.
Nonetheless, I am a little bit disadvantaged in understanding the Nigerian culture the way every other person does and because of this, I am a student of our culture. However, this has made me realize that the first rap is from Nigeria.
If you read Things Fall Apart explicitly, before an Igbo person talks he says, Igbo Kwenu, his people yell, ‘hey’. That is the hook.
Notably, before the person starts talking, he must say some metaphoric statements like ‘you don’t just see a frog running in the afternoon’ and everyone in the gathering would hum. Because they know where he is going to.
However, he might not even need to say anything after that. The person that would respond to him would give a counter metaphoric statement. That is hip-hop; it is elegant, classy and prestigious. It is called swag. That is what I try to bring into rap.”