Reminisce Biography: Age, Early Life, Education, Family, Career, Collaborations, Awards, Controversy, Endorsements

One of the artists in Africa to sell over 500,000 copies.

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Reminisce is a versatile musician who has mastered the art of performing in both English and his native language, Yoruba.

He is one of the people who have achieved the milestone of selling half-a-million copies on the continent and his legacy continues to flourish.

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Here is how he rose to fame. 
                                                

Reminisce  Age


Reminisce was born on the 26th of January in 1981. He is 39-years-old.

Reminisce Early Life


Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru is known by his stage name, Reminisce. He is from Ajilete, Yewa South LGA in Ogun state, the western part of Nigeria.

He grew up with dreams of being a rapper. Reminisce came from a household that supported his dreams, he worked in growing his skills each time.

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While in high school, he had an interest in various genres of local and foreign music and he also performed in school activities. He developed his rapping skills by listening to the likes of Nas, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg. 

Reminisce Education


Reminisce completed his secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.

After his secondary studies, he enrolled at Kwara State Polytechnic to study Purchasing and Supply. He graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Logistics.

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Reminisce Family


Reminisce is said to be a private man who doesn’t just spill about his personal life. He has a daughter, Motunrayo with his wife Iya Hafusa.

During an interview, the rapper shared a bit about his marital life, saying he and his wife fight a lot. In his words;

Reminisce and Iya Hafusa
"My wife and I fight a lot, we argue every time but she is my friend and I love her a lot. She acts like a man and she is my best friend. We don’t see ourselves as husband and wife. I believe she is the only person I can live with and she is the only one that can look out for me."

Although they fight a lot the two always have a way of working around their issues and being the best friends ever. 

Reminisce Career


Before Reminisce found fame, he used to sell designer shoes for him to make a living. The rapper even disclosed that is the reason why he refers to some designers in some of his songs.

“Before my music kicked off on the big side, I use to sell shoes at Sabo, Yaba, opposite Next. I own a shop where I sell various designers, but I closed it because of music”.

Reminisce started his career in music in 2006. He recorded an ultimately great rap album at Coded Tunes, but due to his focus at the time - he didn’t release the album and decided to focus on his studies first and music would come later in his life. 
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Reminisce was discovered by top producer ID Cabasa who is behind the success of other Nigerian artists like 9ice, Olamide and Lord of Ajasa

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He returned to the music industry in 2008 where he performed a rap verse on a track, Bachelor’s Life on 9ice's album titled Gongo Aso. He released his debut single Ever Since where he featured 9ice. The song was based on him talking about his upbringing.

He released his second single, If Only which was a romantic song produced by Dtunez, where he showed his versatility as a singer and a rapper. After the release of the two songs Ever Since and If Only, this marked Reminisce's great entrance into the music industry.

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After that moment he signed with Edge Records that saw him through his successful career in the music industry. 

Reminisce released his debut album titled Book Of Rap Stories in March 2012. He began working on his album in 2010 after he met the producer, Sarz at Edge Records Studios. This opportunity allowed him to make the album bilingual.

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The album was a 13-track album with production credits to Sarz, Legendury Beatz, Joshbeatz, Jospo and PastorChild. This album helped Reminisce become one of the biggest artists in the South of Nigeria.
 
Reminisce released his second album in November of 2013 titled Alaga Ibile. Through this album, he earned his second stage name, Alaga Ibile. 

In his album, he featured acts which were already big and influential in the game such as Wizkid, Naeto C, Davido, Olamide and Sossick.

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The album made a great success with hit singles such as Eleniyan, featuring Wizkid, Fela, Daddy featuring Davido, Fantasi and 3rd World Thug and Sossick, who produced almost all of the album, and Reminisce also worked with Sarz, Chopstix and Jospo.
 
The album sold an estimated million copies before the end of 2014. Building up his profile and working on his career, in 2014 Time Magazine named Reminisce as one of seven "world rappers you should meet".

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Growing and creating a name for himself in the industry, Reminisce was named by Nigeria’s largest music site, NotJustOk, as one of the top three hip hop artists of 2014.
 
Reminisce released his third album titled Baba Hafusa in 2015. The Baba Hafusa Album project has already broken barriers and made him climb up the charts in the Nigerian Music industry. 
 
During his third studio album release, Reminisce became the only hip hop artist in all of Africa to have an album debut on the Billboard Charts World Music category at no. 12.

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Reminisce sold over 500,000 in Nigeria. He became one of the highest-selling artists as he sold those copies in two weeks and the album claiming the number one spot in iTunes for more than a week. The Baba Hafusa album is already arguably one of the most successful hip hop albums in Nigerian history.

In 2016, he released the album that he titled, 'El-Hadj'. In 2018 he was featurd on the single Aye and in that same year he also featured on Original Gangstar by Sess. 

He then founded and became a creative director of Les Roses Rouges (LRR) Records. 

“It’s a French word. I’ve not said this before, but I will tell you- I got the idea from the name of my mum’s saloon, Red Roses, so I decided to tush it a little and I came up with Les Roses Rouges.

Discography

  • 2012 - Book Of Rap Stories 
  • 2013 - ALAGA IBILE
  • 2015 - Baba Hafusa 
  • 2016 - El-Hadj 

Reminisce Collaborations


  • Reminisce is a legend in the music industry who has worked with different artists throughout his career. Here are the artists he worked with; 

  • 2013 - ASHEWO Performed by Phenom 
  • 2014 - SHEKPE Performed by M.I
  • 2015 - KING KONG [REMIX] Performed by Vector 
  • 2016 - 69 Missed Call Ft Jahbless, Chinko Ekun, Lil Kesh, Olamide, CDQ, Reminisce
  • Ibile performed by Lil Kesh 
  • 2016 - If E No Be God performed by Mr Eazi
  • 2018 - Diet by Dj Enimoney
  • 2018 - Aye by CDQ 
  • 2018 - Original Gangstar by Sess 

Reminisce Awards


Reminisce is an award-winning rapper who has collected different awards including best rap album and collected awards for his outstanding collaborations. 

Herein are the awards that he has collected in his career. 

2014 - City People Entertainment Award for Rap Album of the Year
2015 - City People Entertainment Award for Rap Album of the Year
2016 - City People Entertainment Award for Rap Artist of the Year
2016 - op Naija Music Award for Best Collaboration with "A" List Artist
2018 - The Headies Award for Best Rap Album

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Reminisce Controversy


Reminisce was once rumoured to be in business with fraudsters who were helping him gain so much recognition through his music. However, Reminisce dispelled those rumours; 

“For me, I was paid to perform and it’s not my business to find out the kind of job they do, or if someone sprays me money on stage, would I tell my manager, please find out the kind of job he does. Like you now (talking to this reporter), I don’t know what you do behind closed doors, it’s not my job! My own na to sing. They are my fans.

“You see, Malaysia is just like any other country, it has a huge presence of Nigerians and they are mostly students. There are fraudsters in London, U.S., everywhere. This one of the reasons I don’t dig the social media that much, they say rubbish a lot,”
he said.

Some rappers who rap in English felt that Reminisce's lyrics from his controversial single, 'Local Rappers' were targeted at them.

The song had a line that said 'punchlines don't bring in the money anymore' and many believed this jab was directed at M.I and Modenine.

However, in an interview, Modenine shrugged off the notion that the song was not directed at him.

“ It’s a lovely song. When I heard it I felt it was a satire meant to ruffle some feathers though but it cannot be directed at artistes who still use punchlines in their raps."

Modenine said that punchlines will forever bring in the money no matter what. 

Reminisce Endorsements


In 2014, Reminisce worked on becoming one of the giants and recognised artists globally and by so doing - he was attracting the right people. Concluding his year, Reminisce sealed a deal with one of the world's leading technology brand, Samsung

According to Mr. Emmanuel Revmatas who is Samsung Electronics West Africa’s Director for Information Technology and Mobile, the singer, symbolizes the values that Samsung has stood for over the years. 

"The Samsung brand stands for quality innovation, change, discovery, self-expression and excellence. These qualities are epitomized by Reminisce, whose quality and depth of work as well as versatility as an artist have endeared him to Nigerians. 

We are very proud to have him endorse our new entry-level mobile phones. We want to further connect with our customers at all touchpoints, especially through music, which is one of the passions of people worldwide."
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Reminisce continues working on his brand and elevating his name throughout the continent. Through his excellence, he continues working with different artists as he expands his musical knowledge.

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