On this day with Jesse Jagz

On this day in 1984, a Nigerian hip hop recording artist Jesse Garba Abaga,  popularly known as Jesse Jagz, was born in Jos, Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria.

In April 2015, he re-signed with Chocolate City after leaving the label in May 2012 to establish his own imprint known as Jagz Nation.

Though a native of Jukun in Taraba StateNigeria Jesse grew up in JosPlateau state in a music-filled environment where both parents gave him access to the church choir and drums set by age 7.

He recorded his first album with a group named Gospel Insanity.

Unfortunately, the album never got released due to fallout of some of the members.

Jesse thereafter started producing beats professionally and formed another group, “Eleven Thirty” which quickly became a huge success in Jos.

In 2004, he hooked up with his brother Jude Abaga, a.k.a. MI; together they started Inner Hub Studios.

By 2006, Jesse started a solo career with a debut-hit “Africa” that remained at #1 on the cool fm chart for months.

Between 2006 and 2007, Jesse Jagz had three songs simultaneously dominating the top ten charts on Cool FM, RayPower FM as well as Rhythm FM! becoming street anthems in and around the north of Nigeria.

Jesse Jagz hit songs include “Nobody Test Me”, “Bend Down Low”, “Sugar Cane Baby”, and “The Greatest”, while his hit song “My Brother” was selected as part of the International Music Entrepreneur of the Year (IYMEY) 2008 compilation.

Jesse Jagz’s hit singles “Wetin Dey”, “Pump It Up” and “Nobody Test Me”, in which he featured fellow artist Ice Prince and brother M.I , were chart toppers around the whole country.

His production credits include M.I, Modenine, Silver Saddih, Banky WMajek Fashek, Ruby, Ice PrinceFaze, Djinee, Kel, Shank, Tosin Martins, Sasha, Djah Djah (def jam poetry), Kahli, Pherowshuz among a host of others.

His debut music video, “Pump It Up”, was released in November 2009 and got him positive reviews.

He released his debut album, “Jag of all tradez ” in 2010 to critical acclaim.

He was notably absent from the music scene in 2011 and 2012, returning in 2013 with a reggae infused style.

He released the singles “Murder them” and “Redemption” in the 1st half of 2013 after parting ways with Chocolate City Music.

On 8 April 2015, Jesse Jagz returned to Chocolate City and renewed his contract.

Jesse Jagz turns 34 today.