6. M.I Abaga (Nigeria)
M.I Abaga has officially become an “egbon” of Nigerian Hip-Hop. The legend doesn’t just put out content for the fun of it. He takes his sweet time, and then dishes out the sort of music that gets listeners thinking, not just dancing.
In 2016, M.I continued his admirable habit of putting people on, by introducing Nigeria and Africa in general to Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones, as well as other cats like Poe and CKay, on iLLegal Music 3 (The Finale).
The iLLegal Music series may be over, but its legacy will live on forever in the lives and careers of the likes of Wizkid, Ice Prince, SDC, Poe and many others.