In the rap game, I can count the number of guys who can do it like Reminisce on one hand.
And, no. Nobody can really do it like Alaga, if we’re being real. The man is on his own lane. He’s been on his own level for as long as anyone can remember.
Reminisce is fire. He brings fire to the mic. That simple. For a couple years, he ran the game too. He is one of the few rappers who have been able to debut on the Billboard World Charts.
He did it way back in 2015, with his critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Baba Hafusa” LP.
That kind of commercial success was something rappers could only dream of, at that time.
Reminisce did it all on his own. No major record deal, no payola, no international features. The respect that’s on his name is no joke at all.
Before “Baba Hafusa,” Reminisce had previously released two albums, “Book of Rap Stories” (rumored to have sold 1 million copies) and “Alaga Ibile” (released in 2013). By the time the third album dropped, he was already one of the biggest in the game.
I mean, he did it all. He rapped hardcore when he had to, did street-hop jam, did afro-pop and made straight bangers. He did it in English and Yoruba, effortlessly. He was so good and versatile you could never box him.
That’s what the “Baba Hafusa” studio album was about. The versatility Reminisce exuded, at the time.
He wasn’t about to do a hardcore rap album, and he wasn’t going to ditch rap completely either. That balance that everyone talks about these days, Alaga Ibile practically invented it.
Three singles came from the album including the pre-released “Tesojue,” a song that had almost the same effect as “Kako Bi Chicken” and the monster rap hit, “Local Rappers” with Phyno and Olamide.
From the production to the delivery, and the lyricism, “Baba Hafusa” is a perfect album. Nobody could have done it better. And in 2021, the big question is can Reminisce do an album better than “Baba Hafusa”?
His fifth album is set to arrive this August. Guess we’ll have to wait and find out then.
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