A Look Into M.I’s New Album ‘Yxng Dxnzl – A Study On Self Worth’ by Quincy Jonze

Written by on 25/08/2018

Yxng Dxnzl

A Look Into M.I’s New Album ‘Yxng Dxnzl – A Study On Self Worth’ by Quincy Jonze

This album just like his previous E.P kind of exhibits a certain side about M.I which I would describe as evolution, as the saying goes change is the most constant thing on earth and, to be honest, there’s nothing better than changing with the current change in time all for the greater good of staying ahead.

Most intellectually sound rappers or let’s just say the Hip Hop community as a whole could be easily classified as one of the most adamant genres of music with deems down the level of acceptance, and for the Yxng Dxnzl album, it’s a totally different ball game.

The instrumentals to 80 percent (there are ten tracks so 90 just means 9tracks) of the songs on Yxng Dxnzl isn’t your typical Hip Hop beats from the late 80’s to very early 2000’s. Instead, it’s got a more Indie music infused approach, that autonomous approach and RnB fusion, that, alternative music, the new wave, if you wish. Subtle, decisive and simple and to be honest it enables the further obvious presence of lyrical content which was a fantastic choice.

Another obvious creative applied decision to this album would definitely be the pattern in the titles of the songs of the ten-track album in form of Sentences instead of the usual two, three, or four-word phrases.
As far as content goes, Mister incredible “no dey carry last” as they say, dating as far back as 2008. The release of “Crowd Mentality” officially announced his presence in the Nigerian music Industry as a major contender and possibly the savior of Hip-Hop in the country at that time.

You could liken the content and delivery of this album to Kanye Wests’ “College Drop Out“, Kendrick Lamar‘s Section 8.0 or/and To Pimp a Butterfly,  Addressing your everyday average man battles, the socio-cultural issues humans face and proffering solutions from his point of view as well as subtly revealing his angle of these challenges and what and how he deals with these issues.

Yxng Dxnzl by M.I features guest artists like Tay Iwar, Cina Soul, Niyola, Odunsi the Engine, Patricxxlee and Lady Donli. 

The selection of these artists kind of gives you an incline to possible vibe on the album.
The “SoundCloud” guys as most people would refer to them as (asides from Niyola) delivered their usual abstract feel to the album. Although M.I is the executive producer for the album, one thing these artists have in common is the good ear for production and clean spit-spot delivery and they delivered just that.


Track 1: Do you know who you are ft Tay Iwar
Track 2: Last night I had a dream about a hummingbird 
Track 3: Another thing Do not be a Groupie 
Track 4: Stop!  Never second guess yourself 
Track 5: You’re like Melody my heart skips a beat ft Lorraine Chia 
Track 6: +-   Ft Lady Donli and Odunsi 
Track 7: I believe in you, you should too, Believe in you 
Track 8: ‘The Self Evaluation of Yxng Dxnzl’ featuring Niyola.  
Track 9: ‘Love Never Fails…’ featuring Tay Iwar x Patrickxxlee
Track 10: The self evaluation of Yxng Dxnzl

One thing I’ll point out from the music business perspective is, the absence of a commercial song, and with the obvious fact that Nigerians haven’t totally accepted this particular pattern of music, performing these songs and getting the energetic spirited usual sing-along M.I gets on stage would be difficult.

Yxng Dxnzl by M.I Abaga is his latest music project since breaking into the music scene in 2008 with back to back hits from Talk about it to Rendezvous earlier in the year.
M.I’s Yxng Dxnzl – is basically a Study on self worth and is the first part in a series of three studies to be released.

The album contains a revelation of M.I Abaga like never before. It focuses on the evolution of the artist and the man that he is.

This latest project by MI Abaga is a collection of music for the maturing and matured music consumers.





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