Nigerian rapper and record producer, Jude Lemfani Abaga better known as MI Abaga has lamented the hate in the hip-hop industry.
The rapper claimed that the Afrobeats industry has no respect for hip-hop artists.
He expressed his frustration at how he was denied the opportunity to meet American rapper Rick Ross one-on-one.
Taking to his Twitter account, he said he was invited to meet Rick Ross but when he asked to have a private meeting with him his request was denied.
He, however, stated that he was not surprised at their action as he would continue to make great music for those who really care.
In a follow-up tweet, he shared how he met Jay Z, Rihanna and Usher in 2008 at his first gig and was treated badly.
He revealed that the treatment he received that day taught him a valuable lesson.
He added that no one will respect you until you respect yourself.
“My first gig was in 2008 with Jay Z and Rihanna and Usher…the way I was treated that day taught me a valuable lesson…they are not going to respect us…until we we respected ourselves”.
“Lately…I was invited to meet Rick Ross. I responded by saying if I could give a one a one. Of course they declined…the afrobeats industry won’t respect hip-hop just because that… it’s fine. Let’s accept it as it is and make GREAT MUSIC FOR THOSE who care”.
The news of Kemi Filani remembers Rick Ross arriving in Lagos for an Easter concert.
The rapper returned to Nigeria after his first trip in 2012 for two reasons; to organize his show called “Rick Ross Live in Lagos” and his private meeting with Bellaire.
Rick Ross captured the hearts of Nigerians when he featured on Psquare’s song Beautiful Onyinye.