MI and Vector beef timeline explained
2008-2010 Brief history
MI released his debut single “crowd mentality” in 2006, though most people consider the song “safe” to be his first song
because it was the song that led to his rise to fame. Safe was released in 2008. MI released his debut album “talk about
it” the same year and the rest is history.
2 years later, Vector drops his debut titled kilode and his debut LP titled “state of surprise”.
2010-2012 The name dropping
In “kilode” 2010, 2 years after MI dropped his first album…. vector rapped these lines “kilode? what the heck do u want from me, asking if i could kill MI, why would I? he’s a cool kid”
Later on in the song he raps “you dont have a problem with general pype n sean paul… naw!/ MI, kanye and weazy(lil wayne) not at all… naw!!/” and he went on with even more name dropping; he raps “timaya doing the same shii!, psquare making hits from a pre made hit” just naming a few of the artists he mentioned.
First reference to MI seemed like he was giving props, second reference depending on how u look at it could be facts or just frustrations because when he came out at the time listeners said VEC sounded a lot like JayZ while MI and others sound like other artists too and were widely accepted. Of course MI won more awards but in 2012, Vector won the lyricist on the roll awards at the Headies. At the time, it meant a lot to rappers because consecutively modenine had won this category since the inception of the award, 7 times to be exact. For every rapper it boosted their ego, it put more jewels on their crown because it had nothing to do with how much money you made but who had the best bars. In 2012 when vector won, Mi’s last album was in 2010 “MI2”. Although he had an EP out illegal music 2 but I am not sure Headies considers mixtapes. On the other hand, Vector released singles prior to that year and “the second coming” album dropped in 2012 which kinda explains why he might have won it.
2013 The List
Notjustok released the ever controversial top ten most gifted rappers list in 2013. The list keeps Modenine on top unarguably, with Olamide 2nd, phyno 3rd even ahead of MI who came out 4th. The list was rather confusing to some while a few people praised it. it got a lot of nays that yays, arguments on social media and even diss tracks from underground rapper. The likes of “ruckus” who dissed MI, Naeto C and other people on the list. The most notable beef The list instigated was SINZU vs GODWON. MI was not happy with where he was placed, probably felt he should be next to mode or above mode(we dunno) but must have felt some relieve that he topped vector. The same could not be said about vector, he must have felt slighted that he was reduced 4 positions beneath MI and even below ice prince.
Check out the list below.
5. Sinzu (Sauce Kid)
6. ShowDemCamp (SDC)
7. Ice Prince
9. Naeto C
2014 -2016 The “King Kong” remix that never happened
In 2014 MI released the chairman album, Vector whose last album was in 2012 won the lyricist on the roll award a second time at the 2015 headies. Before the award, Vector’s only project was a mixtape titled A7 in 2014 around the same era he had issues and left his former label YSG. Which brings up the question, what criteria gets you nominated for the lyricist on the roll award? because of the two, only one had an album and that is MI’s chairman which dropped in 2014. so Headies have a lot of explaining to do. Do you qualify from freestyles too or features or mixtapes etc. Still in 2015, Vector reached out to MI for a remix to the hit song “king kong” but it never happened. MI agreed to do it in text but never honored his words rather another version of the remix happened. A year after the Headies in 2016, MI addresses the 3 years ago notjustok 2013 list in a track titled notjustok/savage on his illegal music 3 EP and also addressed the lyricist on the roll award, keep in mind vector just won that at the previous edition of the headies. Mi’s line states “to the headies whastup whatsup/ you my fam though i wish you the best of luck/ you been a blessing to d game, to lot of us/ but that lyricist award mehn we gotta talk/”. Now as we all know, the last winner of the award was VEC for a second time while M had not won any at that time. So from a competitors point of view, that’s 2-0. In MI’s defense though, he could be asking the same question I asked earlier, what’s the criteria of winning since people without many recent body of work can bag the award.
2017-Present. To fix is to diss
“you rappers should fix up your life” dropped in 2017, to some MI was being a hypocrite and to some hiphop needed that wake up call. Even MI knows he helped water down the lyrics of hiphop as one of the top prolific rappers. He contributed to the high level of pop influence in hiphop. Then complains that the south’s are winning. That seemed funny because even South Africa’s biggest rapper “Casper Nyovest” was singing songs, dancing in videos, making music with little or no hiphop elements. Vector took it personally the most among all Nigerian rappers who felt insulted. He took shots at MI on stages, interviews, anywhere the situation was brought up. With a lot of subliminals thrown from both sides especially from vector’s from 2017 to 2018. 2018 MI wins the prestigious hiphop lyricist on the roll award for the first time.
The Hennessy-Martell Rivalry began 2018-2019. As chocolate city signs Blaqbones somewhere between 2018 to 2019, the deal got finalized between blaq’s first team and his soon to become new team members. Blaq bonez won an older edition of hennessy vs class. MI had featured on Hennessy artistry and also once played host for the legendary cognac company which is now what seems like a permanent home to Vector as he graces the hennessy platform year to year. Martell signs a deal with MI and chocolate city. Martell has only one major competition, you guessed it; HENNESSY. The marketing strategy for Martell through MI and his crew is to start up smoke with the cyphers, claiming Hennessy is using these artists for free without giving them any significant platform and not paying them what is due. Vector considered this another jab, thinking MI was dissing Hennessy because he is currently welcomed under the global giant’s Nigerian wing. The first Martell Cypher dropped in January 2019, MI’s last line states “and yeah that other cognac, this is how you spend your budget, fuck it” referring to hennessy and went ahead to add texts at the end of the video that reads “dont do brand cyphers that wont pay you… come to us instead”. it was clear MI and Martell were going at the hennessy brand and not the rappers on hennessy. But then it led to Vector’s insinuations at interviews. After a few subliminals back and forth, more subliminals were thrown in the second Martel cypher. Vector responded with “the purge cypher” with more direct disses and the rest after is history. Two Diss songs in 2019 that has brought a lot of debate. On that note, this is how MI and Vector went from “Safe” and “Kilode” to dropping two most talked about diss tracks in Nigerian hiphop history “The viper and Judas the rat”. Following with shades on twitter and even on the BBN finale stage to petty low blows like leaking DMs and so on. Leave your comments below, what do you think was left out in the timeline? do you think vector’s assumptions were wrong? do you think this beef is good for the culture or a truce would better help the culture? Let us know.
MI Studio albums
Talk About It (2008)
MI 2: The Movie (2010)
The Chairman (2014)
A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl (2018)
Mixtapes and playlists
Illegal Music (2009)
Illegal Music 2 (2012)
Illegal Music 3: The Finale (2016)
3 studio albums
State of Surprise (2010)
The Second Coming (2012)
Bar-Racks The Mixtape (2012)