Do you remember the ‘Yxng Dxznl’ album released by M.I Abaga in 2018? The mind-blowing rap album which is a study on self-worth has been used to write a book by a Kaduna state based Polytechnic lecturer (Nahu Bamali Polytechnic).
The book titled ‘The Crowded Self’ is an exposition of M.I Abaga’s ‘’Study on self-worth: Yxng Dxznl’’ album and is about to be published. The author, Noel Michael Buki, who hails from Rafin Juma in Zagon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State has since used the social media platform (Twitter) to get permission from the self-acclaimed ‘African Rapper Number One’, M.I Abaga.
The Crowded Self blurb reads ‘’ This book offers a motivational, inspiring, and transformational journey that positively influences the personal life and the interactive living if the reader. Written in simple English and with a straight-forward technique, the author through the different chapters, toys the line of the normative nature of the musical album by M.I Abaga…’’
M.I Abaga Album : Yxng Dxnzl
‘A Study on Self-worth: Yxng Dxznl’ by M.I Abaga is a 10-track rap album released on the 24th of August 2018 by Chocolate City. It features guest appearances from Tay Iwar, Cina Soul, Lorraine Chia, Odunsi the Engine, Lady Donli, Niyola and Patrick xxx Lee. The album includes tracks such as ‘Do You Know Who You Are?’, ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives’, ‘The Self Evaluation of Yxng Dxznl’, ‘You Are Like Melody, My Heart Skips a Beat’ and many more.
The music album sampled by the Kaduna Lecturer addresses several issues, including depression, mental health, display & cultural repression. It explores themes of self-introspection, self-doubt, and reassurance. The rap album was nominated as the Best Rap Album in the 2019 Headies Award.
M.I Abaga has since granted the author, Noel Buki, a lecturer in Philosophy permission to publish the book. The author in a tweet @NoelBuki made sure M.I Abaga got to know about the project and has also assured it will benefit both the listeners of the Self-worth album and readers of the Crowded self-book.