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REMINISCE – LESSONS FROM A RAPPER’S PROGRESSION

Posted by Tyler on November 13, 2013 in News · 44 Comments


Reminisce

God’s time is the best is a popular saying in this part of the world; some are quick to invoke this phrase when faced with life’s sometimes unbearable disappointments. But not everybody’s lifestyle depicts a firm believer in the phrase. As a kind of shortcut to success, people tend to cut corners to get what they want, no matter whose ox is gored.

As humans, we expect things to happen immediately we wish for it, in many cases, we have had to settle for less, or more, only if one is wise enough to decipher.

In 2008, when 9ice released his platinum album ‘Gongo Aso’, he featured some rappers in the 8th track, titled ‘Bachelor’, apparently, only few people are aware that our ‘case study’ rapper delivered the first verse in that song, and ever since this rapper has been trying every strategy he has in his kitty, just to be heard, but every effort proved abortive. Unsurprisingly, this particular episode takes front row in every successful person’s life stories.

Remilekun ‘Reminisce’ Safaru is a rapper that has been around for so long, and fortunately, he is still around to tell his story; he has had ups and downs in the industry and now is the time to reap the fruit of his labour.

Albeit, few might not concur with his style of music, like the way he praises internet gangsters (yahoo bois) in his songs, but that was an experiment he tried, alas! And it worked. Ever since, this guy has not looked back. It has been up and up he goes!

Ostensibly, Reminisce is a patient guy, an essential individual quality which majority of us lack; we want to sow and reap on the same day, forgetting that it takes lots of rain and sunshine, before a crop matures for harvest. Perseverance is an important habit one has to imbibe, especially in Nigeria. Patience they say is a virtue (surulere).

Another vital lesson to learn from this rapper is that, he never for once, incommoded himself about the success of his contemporaries. His close pals like Jahbless, 9ice and co, recorded hits upon hits, while he languished in the background. Honestly, that must have been a bitter pill to swallow, but yet, he didn’t shake a bit or act in any way that could make people impute him with envy.

Such experience would make a man chafe or perhaps, give up on his career out rightly, but he kept his guards and marched on. More so, younger rappers came and got big breaks almost immediately, but yet he was unfettered.

In actual fact, waiting for God’s time sometimes, requires some intelligent observation of oneself, more like self awareness. Questions like “am I doing the right thing?” or “am I not as good as I think?” should constantly reverberate in one’s mind, there has to be a form of self assessment to get the true picture.

Actually, Reminisce started as a rapper who flowed well in English language but no one cared to listen to him, except for hip hop heads like this writer, who can identify a diamond in the dug. Luckily, he must have assessed himself intelligently and decided to toe the hard path of tweaking his style a bit in order to blend with the trend, and then returned with the monster hit ‘kako bi chicken’. Judging from the first line of the track, “oh you rappers… I’ve moved on to greater things; I’ll be back in a jiffy” He was obviously stating that he was changing course.  Unfortunately, Reminisce has reneged on his promise by not going back in a jiffy; he is really comfortable at the top.

Fortunately, he discovered his strong point and worked on it judiciously. Many people often chase the unachievable, while ignoring the strength and opportunities within, just like in the book Acres of Diamonds. By utilizing his emotional intelligence and self awareness, Remi discovered he could actually perform better in his mother tongue rather than strain himself on the foreign language, he sings and raps in Yoruba, and now, he is better for it and he doesn’t hesitate to flaunt his versatility and ability to switch flows in both languages.

A veteran rapper, who has defied several, advises, to change style and re route his pattern of music in order to achieve commercial success could tap from this aforementioned idea, or what is the essence of spending your life on a career that can’t guarantee full financial returns. If it’s not making money it is not making sense!

Not trying to over emphasize his artistry qualities and humility, Reminisce appears to be a very good team player, with the way he features artistes on his track, he probably understands that two heads are better, or is it the countless collabos he has had with Olamide and those fuji-style singers who often do the adlibs in his songs, this guy knows too well.

Indeed, Reminisce deserves the attention he is getting from the crowd, though he might not be as big as the A list artistes in Nigeria, but his story is worth learning from. As he drops his sophomore album on the 15th Nov, I pray to God to help him ‘fantasi’ the album. Goodluck man. Shot i ye e!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

– Lanre Etti Jr





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  1. Hmmm u were truly observing him I’m aweless regarding his patience Reminise Alaga Ibile thumbs up man

  2. Reminisce is a rare gem nd he is at optimum heights coz 4rm grass 2 glory. Buate reminisce alaga ibile

  3. Nyc 1 boss#

  4. I knew he was in that bachelor song…I never doubted him!

  5. The problem with our country is that good music doesn’t move market here in our country instead meaningless music does which is not good. That make me think of EME BOY – SKALES , he is a guy sing good music but yet to make wave instead wizkid that only proud and feel big make the wave. Reminisce is a good rapper but 9ja is yet to feel him as suppose, i believe one days all this shit will gat 2 end

  6. Reminsce is a woderful rapper.. Dough I dnt undstd yoruba, ah still feel em style of rap and intunations.. I jux feel like meeting reminsce

  7. I’ve heard to meet him more than twice…He’s a street guy and so down to earth. I pray God makes him bigger

  8. Alaga Ibile we can’t wait for your album boss.we internet gangstar loves you..shoti ye e

  9. Feeling yo man ur numba1 fan gbayi padi mi

  10. Reminisce is my man.
    I’m so inspired by his story.

    Indeed, patience is a virtue

  11. i have always love Remi’s style,Alaga Ibile- gbayi please…

  12. i have always loved Remi’s style,Alaga Ibile- gbayi please…

  13. Ibile, dis guy is much more better dan any rapper, is swag, mode of dressing, hairstyle, dis guy shud b honoured mehn! Remilekun ur 2mush…. Nd dat’s y I follow ur step

  14. Adekunle starboy

  15. don jazzy live babyface to wandecoal his ur men remember that he serve u for meny years.

  16. Am gonna meet dis dude 1 day and ask him wat really inspire him. He made me wish ?? was a????? rapper just like him. Reminisce Eleniyan, Alaga Bambam, double tuale 4 u.

  17. Am gonna meet dis dude 1 day and ask him wat really inspire him. He made me wish ?? was a????? rapper just like him. Reminisce Eleniyan, Alaga Bambam, double tuale 4 u.

  18. I like this guy, since dRopped ever since ft 9ice. He flows good on that track. Before he came back kako bi chicken the best of them all. Congrates man good to see you at the top.

  19. Alaga Ibile I really love everytin about u and u are always talking about we street boiz that does not have alternative to survive than to hustle hard may GOD of celestial make u bigger boss! I dey feel u my nigga! I’m afeez seun musa

  20. Alaga too Much jaweeeeeee really love u Dude just keep it up Boss.
    Ori Omo ko to kini yen u knwwwww….

  21. Bacame a fan after kako bi chicken. Dope artist

  22. Jimmy jamez

  23. Dregix

  24. Alaga ibile u ar stil on d matter shout out 2 al ibile united

  25. reminisce hapuns 2 b d best of dem all n wc wil bcom apparent soon enof…much love bro

  26. The question is, what is good music???
    Music is something we all can relate to something we hear and lighten up our heart and spirit…that’s music….Alaga ibele..good music…

  27. d way he sings, his style, his swag n his slangs has make many peeps adress me as awaiting ALAGA IBILE, big up 2 Mr Remilekun Reminisce Khalid Safaru. heavens n earth dey dey feel u die. i am Datwin, @Datwin9ja

  28. 3rd world thug, u are keepin it real no b by ariwo, hala!!!

  29. Ori ye eeee…..alaGa ibile.

  30. After MI, is reminisce… This cat is a complete rapper, and anytime he drops sumfin new, am always the ist to download… Brother is on another level. He’s truly afro hip hop in err sense of the word

  31. Reminisce,rapper wid complete rap ego…those slangz he sayz in hiz lyrics are lyrics fitting

  32. ‘He has said it all ‘bi mo se ba de bi bai we niggarZ cnt say’_so ti ye yin..aint worried about it”hustle bi alaaru”…emi na ti n hustle lati palour mi sin..RRKS_eleniyAn___ka re jaja..

  33. alaga ibile#we dey always feel u boss#am frm ashafa agege balogun lawe we miss remi#N I will like 2 meet once again boss#

  34. Internet Gangstar….. U rep d witches and wizzard no more.
    Enjoi 2 ur life 2 d fullest Bro.
    Shout out 2 YBNL himself….he ginger U up 2 made dis Album. “Alaga Ibile”
    +sossick and others.Jah BleSs

  35. Perezeal

  36. Alaga ibile I hail oooo am gonna play in your role.ibile

  37. Remi elaniyan alaga ibel u re my mentor

  38. Reminisce, u are my favorite rapper? It goes like dis! Type it before u send it, put pepe before u blend it, u must go to sch before u learnt it!!! Ibile

  39. If u don’t talk about money jabo Lori phone mi! Ibile! U really diverted our mind from foreign rappers !

  40. Boss I giv u respect noting more noting less

  41. Respect respect to d numba 1 alaga ibile.

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