Reminisce Artiste Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru Nigeria
This is the “Alaga ibile” himself. A title he earned by dropping hit sounds rooted in street philosophy and Yoruba myth without compromising lyrical precision.
REMINISCE is currently signed to Edge Records and is also the founder and creative director of LRR Records.
The versatile rapper hails from Ajilete, Yewa South LGA in Ogun state, western part of Nigeria, but was born in Kaduna state. He studied purchasing and supply at Kwara State Polytechnic.
Reminisce started out in his school back then. According to him, he has always wanted to be a rapper, and developed his rap skills by listening to rap lords and mimicking major rap legends.
Years later, 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 rap album at Coded Tunes, but the album was never released since he decided to focus on his studies and complete schooling.
Prior to his meeting with Cabasa, REMINISCE already had his 1st professional recording in 2003 which provided him some attention. REMINISCE had to take a temporary break from music due to parental pressure.
In 2008, Reminisce marked his return with his appearance on 9ice’s GONGO ASO album. He dropped a verse on the track BACHELOR’S LIFE that also featured SIX O & XP. He went on to release a banger ONE CHANCE which featured JAHBLESS. The song had massive airplay on radio and was very accepted on the streets too.
In August 2010, he dropped two singles. The lead single features the musical ancestor “9ICE” titled “EVER SINCE”. They both went hard on this joint, reflecting on past experiences on the streets. He started working on his first album immediately.
Reminisce’s first album, Book of Rap Stories, was released on 31 March 2012. He went on to release the track Kako Bii Chicken, a commercial song which is recognized as the breakout single. 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. Baba Hafusa is his latest album and has really proved one more time the extraordinariness of the rap lord.
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. In 2014, TIME Magazine named him “one of seven World Rappers You Should Meet”. He was also named by Nigeria’s largest music site, NOTJUSTOK, as one of the top three hip hop artists of 2014. He is also a Brand Ambassador for SAMSUNG and ORIJIN, a popular indigenous fruit flavour herbal liquor.
Some of his notable achievements include:
Nigerian Entertainment Award 2014 – Best Rap Album Of The Year, Alaga Ibile