Nollywood On Fire | 20 January 2015 11:35 CET

Stop Calling Us Local Rappers—Reminisce Blows Hot

Source: Titilope Adeuja/

Speaking with HipHop World Magazine in an exclusive interview, Remilekun Abdulkalid 'Reminisce' Sarafu has urged fans and music lovers to drop the appellation stuck on anyone who raps in native language as 'indigenous rappers.'

According to him, such does not speak well on them because he said there is nothing called indigenous rap.

Indigenous rap continues to come to the fore over the years as the Nigerian music industry is witnessing an acceptance of artistes who put out songs in their native languages. These rappers often deliver their punchlines to the delight of their fans.

“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 and 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,” he said.

He further spoke on the endorsement deals coming to him.

“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 have really changed. People can now know who the real hip-hop 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,” he also said.

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