Name: Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru
Birthday: January 26, 1981
Fav Dish: Amala & Efo
Reminisce and (ALAGA IBILE), is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and song writer from Ogun State. He performs in both English and his native language, Yoruba. He is one of the most popular, successful and influential rappers in Nigeria.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Reminisce is a versatile (singer, rapper and a song writer) Nigerian artiste from Ajilete, Yewa South LGA in Ogun state, western part of Nigeria. He was born on the 26th of January, in Kaduna state in Northern Nigeria. In school he listened to various genres of local and foreign music, and performed in school activities. He developed his rapping skills by emulating rappers like Nas, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg. He studied purchasing and supply at Kwara State Polytechnic.
As far back as when he was in secondary school, Reminisce was already performing at various school activities; hardly knowing he was on a path to great things. He always wanted to be a rapper, and he developed his rap skills by listening to, and mimicking major rap legends.Producer ID Cabasa discovered Reminisce alongside other Nigerian music great such as Jahbless, 9ice, Lord Of Ajasa and Olamide. He was given the chance to record his first studio song in 2006 and recorded a hardcore rap album at Coded Tunes, but the album was never released and he decided to focus on his studies and complete schooling.
The Ogun State born rapper once revealed why he talks about various fashion designers in some of his music in an interview.
“Before my music kicked off on the big side, I use to sell shoes at Sabo, Yaba, opposite Next. I own a shop where I sell various designers, but I closed it because of music”.
CAREER AND LIFE
In 2008 Reminisce returned to the music scene, performing a rap verse on a track titled “Bachelor’s Life” off 9ice’s sophomore album titled “Gongo Aso”. His first single, “Ever since”, featured 9ice, and was a story about his life till that moment. His second, “If Only”, was a love song produced by Dtunez, where he showed his versatility as singer and a rapper. Both songs established Reminisce in the Nigerian music scene.
REMINISCE is signed to Edge Records and is also the founder and creative director of LRR Records. Growing up listening to various genres of local and foreign music helped form Reminisce’s versatile musical style.
Reminisce’s first album, Book Of Rap Stories, was released on 31 March 2012. He started recording the album since 2010 after linking up with the studio producer Sarz at Edge Records Studios. The studio allowed him to carve a niche for himself and make the album bilingual.
He went on to release the track Kako Bii Chicken, a commercial song which is recognized as the breakout single. After this, other songs like ‘If Only’, ‘2mussh’ were released. The album was a 13 track album with production credits to Sarz, Legendury Beatz, Joshbeatz, Jospo and PastorChild, The album did well commercially in the southern part of Nigeria.
His second album, ALAGA IBILE, was officially released on 15 November 2013. The album featured acts like wizkid, naeto c, davido, olamide and Sossick. It was an instant breakthrough album, with hit singles like Eleniyan, featuring Wizkid, Fela Daddy featuring Davido, Fantasi and 3rd World Thug. Sossick, who produced 80% of the album, and Reminisce also worked with Sarz, chopstix and Jospo.
The album sold an estimated million copies before the end of 2014. In 2014, Time Magazine named Reminisce as one of seven “world rappers you should meet”
Reminisce’s third album, Baba Hafusa, was released in 2015. The Baba Hafusa Album project has already broken barriers and charted unknown territories.
Just recently, Reminisce became the only hip hop artist in all of Africa to have an album debut on Billboard Charts World Music category at no. 12.
With over 400,000 copies sold in Nigeria in 2 weeks and the album claiming the number one spot in iTunes for more than a week – The Baba Hafusa album is already arguably as one of the most successful hip hop albums in Nigerian history.
See what he said when reacting to the perception around social media that his debut album was a flop
“If you must follow the internet noise then kako bi chicken is not a big song, they said it was rubbish but the song was huge on the street. You know the social media is just where you can say whatever you like. We have bias bloggers in the industry also; they don’t do any research before running the posts. The internet is not really a place to know how your music is doing on the street.
“My album is where I want it to be. The people that meant to buy my album have my album. You don’t expect me to go market my album in Lekki, no, my album was meant for people in Akure, Oshogbo, places people on twitter don’t go. You know most tweeps are based in Lagos and they don’t even buy CDs of their favorite artistes. I have 3 big songs on the album- kako bi chicken, Too Much, If only- coupled with some not too popular ones and with over three hundred thousand CDs sold, mehn, I tried. Remember it’s my first album,” he responded.
Already described as a “genre busting album”, it is a strong contender for album of the year with music critics and fans alike applauding the fusion of sounds to form a unique blend of hip hop, fuji and afrobeats.
Reminisce is a musical icon amongst today’s youth, and an internationally recognized artiste.
In 2014, TIME Magazine named REMINISCE “one of the seven World Rappers You Should Meet”. In 2015 he was also rated among the top ten most influential rappers in Nigeria by T.I.N Magazine.
Reminisce has two kids with her baby mama which he said he is not actually committed to her at the moment but they live with him.
About formalizing his union with the mother of his two kids;
“Yes, we live together. But we have issues with commitment. I think we are not ready for marriage yet. We will formalize things when the right time comes. I am still planning my future because I am not going to be a musician forever.
I will quit music, maybe after a decade. I hope to also study Political Science overseas because I want to go into politics (House of Representatives) at some point as well.”
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Has won numerous awards including the Headies,The NEA and more
won best rap album of the in 2014 at the NEA. Reminisce signed a multimillion naira endorsemnt deal with Samsung in 2014. He also signed another endorsement deal with Orijin in 2015