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‘Stop Calling Me or Anyone an Indigenous Rapper’ – Reminisce



Reminisce (1)Nigerian rapper Reminisce is speaking out about his dissatisfaction that a lot of people refer to him and a number of other rappers, as indigenous rappers.

Over the past few years there are a select number of artists who have stopped into the Nigerian music industry with the aim of promoting the African culture and language.

Reminisce is however publicly stating that he will rather not be recognized for his use of Nigerian language – Yoruba – to rap.

In an exclusive interview with HipHop World Magazine, the rapper clears air on the indigenous or local rapper tag on them when asked to talk on how the endorsement has been coming for him and his fellow indigenous rappers.

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”.

You can read more about his thoughts here.


  1. Carliforniabawlar

    January 17, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Furstofus, come and spell indigenous 😛

  2. Honey

    January 17, 2015 at 4:09 am

    He’s right. Really, a rapper is a rapper. Reminisce has paid his dues.

    • kemo

      January 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Indigenous is home grown.
      what is the big deal?
      we have indigenous banks like GTB, First Bank etc taking the world over.
      They started from here they are ours. whats the big deal. you should be proud of yourself.
      you are made in Nigeria exported to the world – this is indigenous
      ankara is indigenous wear – offshored to the whole world
      Biko i tire for una
      Je suis Indigenous Je suis Nigerian

    • The Truth

      January 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

      it still does not matter what is means… a rapper is still a rapper….

  3. see me see trouble

    January 17, 2015 at 5:06 am

    And stops smoking “Ganga” to the indigenous public. smh!

  4. Reemtos

    January 17, 2015 at 5:19 am

    “…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…” Valuable point!

  5. Teris

    January 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Hungry tingz.
    Nigerian rapper. Local rapper. Indigenous rapper. Yoruba rapper. Home-grown…
    Humans need to classify everything.

    There’s even have a term for Banky & Tiwa dem: “returnee”. Are they crying over that?

    How is it put: go and take several seats.

    • solomon

      January 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

      with people like u in d country
      Nigeria can’t develop …

    • Teris

      January 17, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      @Solomon: Whoa! Down boy! You don’t kno me so don’t be throwing slurs about like u jacked someone’s phone.
      If u have a personal investment in watzhizname, tell him to raise his game and the world will beat a path to his door.

      Actually, with attitudes like his and yours, Naija can’t develop it’s full potential cos one of u is getting caught up in the cosmetics of things and the other can’t take criticism – especially without resorting to trigger-finger mudslinging.
      Sit down. SMH.

    • The Truth

      January 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

      raise his game? please explain!

  6. olivia pope

    January 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Before nko,are you an international ‘wrapper’?

  7. Missy J

    January 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

    How is “Indigenous” rapper degrading?? but if they call you American rapper you’ll take it as a compliment shey? Me I see nothing wrong with it. It helps me to classify all these rappers sef. but its your problem not mine.

  8. Andre

    January 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Oga Sir, Indegenious rappers are people who rap in their local language, the links of phyno and olamide thats what you all practice. it is not a sin ooo, we are just identifying you with your kind of music. if you want to be called rapper please kindly start rapping in english like M.I and them Ice then we can refer you as a rapper. for Gods sake you should be happy you’re indigenous because people like you are rare and appreciated.

  9. Don Ocso

    January 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

    LOL…. WTF? then I should be called an international blogger.

  10. nwa nna

    January 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    You’re indigenous because your fan base na only naija, no one recognize you outside of obodo naija 😛

    • Banke

      January 18, 2015 at 5:37 am

      But he got featured in TIME Magazine? No?

  11. Bayo

    January 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Ododo õro! I see a lot of haterz up in here. The moniker “indigenous” is just not savvy for these guys who have worked so hard to get to this point, some of them even shoot abroad and feature foreign acts. Abeg our MC’s Vj’s Dj’s OAP take note. Gbayi Ibile

  12. ru

    January 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    he speaks the language we speak
    these rappers speak OUR language
    calling them ‘indigenous’ contradicts itself seeing as we are not English men. Although the word ‘indigenous’ may not entirely be wrong, he’s making a lot of sense.
    I kind of get where he’s coming from. We should stop ‘exoticising’ our own, making it look other than normal.. a rapper rapping in yoruba or Igbo shouldn’t be an unusual thing. those are OUR languages. we’re nigerians and english is our first language because the white man made it so. you grab?

    • tunmi

      January 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      It’s the weight the term carries.

  13. lekuche

    January 17, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Then stop using d term”IBILE” in all ur songs. Wonder what u shld b called when u shout it up & down.

  14. ada nnewi

    January 18, 2015 at 1:55 am

    In my opinion, phyno, olamide and reminisce are the best rappers in Naija presently and they are all called indigenous rappers…I think they should focus on owning the indigenous space such that the international/mainstream acts in foreign countries want to export some of their “indigenousness”to their own countries…,I’ve never equated the word indigenous with local and i don’t think reminisce should see those two words as meaning the same thing…Indigenous is not Inferior…

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