Reminisce’s latest single, “Problem” hints at a bug in Nigeria’s rap industry

But it's too lightweight to pack any sort of punch

Last year, M.I released  “You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life” but his brash tone failed to prompt a resurgence with more rappers turning to pop to score radio hits. Though M.I’s scolding bars were aimed more at singing rappers (think YCee and Dice Alies), sadly even the rappers on the street could use some fixing-up.

Since DaGrin’s success at indigenous rap laid the blueprint for Olamide-esque rappers to spit bars reflecting the street’s ethos, we’ve enjoyed a diverse take on the lyrical art. But lately, indigenous rappers all sound the same. Reminisce is only the latest in the staggering list of rapper ditching the conventional rap melodies for gqom house music.

On his latest single, “Problem”, Reminisce performs a laid-back set with his street-inclined vocals. Once you strip away the hip-hop narrative and focus on just the music, Reminisce gets a lot of things right on “Problem”. It is the perfect song for today’s pop climate and retains some of the truth-speak expected in hip-hop. As soon as the dust settles on the dancefloor driven vocals, he touches on street culture saying “Wo Ni Pon Pon Len Se Tele Sugbon Tempos Change/ Shaku shaku Lo Wa Ni Igboro Bayi, E Wo Chain”.

Listen to “Problem” below.

Featured Image Credits: Instagram/iamreminisce

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