M.I Abaga is way past the point of pandering to narratives, playing to the gallery, and proving himself. His last release, the partnership rendering Crown Of Clay with Vector highlights his preference for real-life stories, and now on the Chopstix produced TBDK, short for This Beat Dey Knock, he performs with pride and acknowledgment of his prowess as a music maestro.
TBDK is all-encompassing, bouncy, immersive, and engaging. To achieve this, Abaga opts to feature like-minds with jurisdiction in other areas where his influence isn’t highly saturated. Erigga, with his street affiliations, does justice to his pidgin articulated verse which follows the former’s expected rhyme fest and gives way to Sinzu’s closing verse, one that packs the punch of a deserving anchor leg.
M.I Abaga is paving the way to his forthcoming album. After years spent following the same path, opting for diversity on this roll-out is a laudable decision that heightens anticipation.