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‘Don’t Call Us Local or Indigenous Rappers’, Reminisce Laments



In recent times, a whole lot of rappers who spit bars in their local languages have emerged in Nigeria and most of them are doing really well. Often times, the press refers to them as ‘indigenous rappers’ or ‘local rappers’. This does not go down well with one of those rappers who often raps in his local language, Yoruba.

Remilekun Safaru popularly known as Reminisce has bagged some major endorsement deals in the past twelve months and while speaking to HipHopWorld magazine in a recent interview, he addressed the ‘local rapper’ tag given to them. Here’s what he said:

“Stop calling us indigenous rappers there is nothing like that, a rapper is a rapper, calling myself, Phyno, Olamide, Seriki, BaseOne, Lil Kesh and couple of others coming up local rapper is a way of suppressing or make us feel inferior, because Sarkodie is a rapper no one refers to him as indigenous rapper. If you cannot call him a local rapper then don’t call any of us local or indigenous rapper. Over the years, we’ve been able to overturn the rap game, we’ve been able to change perception as regards if you cannot rap in English you cannot be a rap god or king and it’s been a collective effort. Things has really change people can now know who the real hiphop guys are unlike before when if you can rap in English you won’t get endorsement. And we feel very proud to be the rave of the moment”.

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