Reminisce in his OG bag now and deserves more flowers in the Nigerian music industry.
Reminisce is undoubtedly one of the forerunners and conveners of street hop in the Nigerian music industry.
In the late 2000s, the Nigerian hip-hop scene was booming with names like Naeto C, M.I, Mode 9, TerrythaRapman, RuggedMan, and quite talented others who carved heavily on global hip-hop pleasantries and infusion of their own local derivatives.
However, all of them created a blueprint or template for what rap music sounded like in the country and what could be generally and consciously accepted or played to the mainstream.
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The diversification also saw a new ‘street sound’ which also trapped heavily on hip-hop serenity was growing in the ghetto and would soon hit the mainstream with full force.
It all birthed in early 2010 with the launch of one of Nigeria’s most talked about and praised rap figures DaGrin; with his total confidence of flows, and melodic delivery in Yoruba, and Pidgin English fused with Western slangs, he opened the doors to a new playing field.
The ‘Local Rapper’ reception was critically acclaim while grasping to his roots, DaGrin album C.E.O transmitted something new.
His tragic passing in 2010 left the reins of the paradigm shift he steered open for worthy successors.
A new era was unlocked and in 2011 came artists like Olamide, Jahbless, Konga, and Reminisce.
These new voices took the sound to the next level and made hit singles that made it acceptable.
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What was now termed ‘Street Music’ was an evolution of hip-hop, mashed with fast-paced afrobeat drums and layered with heavy-hitting lyrics.
Also, it was slowly taking over nationwide, in front of everyone’s eyes.
Nine years later one of the sound’s leading voices, Reminisce, is still at the top of his game. With the emergence of younger figures like Zlatan, Lil Kesh, Mojo, who’ve all contributed to the new age identity of what ‘Street Music’ has become.
Reminisce has held his own with four top-selling and award-winning albums, countless successful hit singles, and also an acting credit on one of Nigeria’s highest-grossing films, King Of Boys, he’s undoubtedly become what one would call an OG.