Rema Declares He Is Officially on Same Level with Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Shades Music Labels

Rema Declares He Is Officially on Same Level with Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Shades Music Labels

  • Nigerian singer Rema trended online on Saturday evening, April 28, after he claimed that he was now in the same category as his senior colleagues Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid
  • He also took a hot swipe, saying that every artist, including record labels, has used him as a template since his debut in 2019
  • Fans and netizens weighed into Rema's rant as they pointed out their conflicting takes on the matter 
  • Top Nigerian radio host, Kolade Dominate, shared his take on the Mavin prodigy's declaration as he pointed out the input of the 3 superstars used as yardstick

Popular Nigerian singer Divine Ikubor, aka Rema, has declared that he is officially on par with the country's biggest artists and that labels have tried to "clone" him for years.

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In recent times, renowned Nigerian singers Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy have been regarded as the country's top musical exports.

Wizkid, Rema says he is big 4, Burna Boy
Rema claims spot on the Nigerian music scene. Credit: @wizkid, @rema, @burnaboy
Source: Instagram

The Mavin star's statement sheds light on how he wants to be recognised on forward, considering the rate at which he has been recognised on global stages.

Additionally, he claimed that every artist has been using him as a prototype since his entrance into the in 2019.

"No more Big 3 there's now a Big 4," he began. From there, he wrote in multiple tweets: "Tell your stylists to stop sending mails to brands with my name to get clothes imma pull up to your show and strip u on stage cuz that's my sh*t HOEE! fake celebrities, fake industry," as well as "Labels get creative, stop trying to clone me." Later in the day, he added: "Rema made Afrobeat EP's a Big statement. Every new artist since 2019 has the same template. Uh oh."

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What matters is the contribution and commitment - Kolade Dominate

Reacting to Rema's declaration, Kolade Dominate, a top radio host, emphasized that while individual achievements are significant, they are often built upon the foundation laid by predecessors and colleagues.

In his words:

"Everyone is free to say I am a part of this crop of talents, but the truth and facts remain that over the years, these guys have contributed immensely year in and year out to the ecosystem of the culture, it's been 20 years, for some 10, 15 and more. It doesn't make the contributions of someone who hasn't spent that time any less.
"What matters is the contribution and commitment of such talents, and for the talents who make such contributions, because you have made some contributions, it doesn't mean you got here by yourself. Using the same yardstick, you won't have gotten that far if some people didn't pave the way.

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"Spend this same time they have spent, and then we can know if you deserve to be in conversation."

Nigerians react to Rema's outburst 

Netizens had conflicting thoughts about his stance, while some acknowledged his musical collaborations and successes over the last few years.

Legit.ng compiled the reactions below:

@honest30bgfan_:

"Na so you delete davido from big 3, no wonder 30bg no like you."

@temi_lade1:

"With your mid lyrics."

@olurmt:

Fact..Davido. Rema. Asake. Burna."

@itz__rito:

"There is still big 3 only that Wizkid is not part of it.There is nothing like the big 3.There is BURNA BOY and the big 2 Wizkid Davido. Keep this in mind."

@Teesaids:

"Rema should please wake up from his dream he’s actually not even close to the big 8. He needs to work harder to achieve this height though it’s good to dream big."

Rema storms off stage at Dreamville Festival

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The Afrobeats star was one of the performers at J Cole's 2024 Dreamville Festival, alongside other international artists like SZA, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and J Cole himself.

Rema came on stage to perform on the second day and kicked off with his hit single 'Calm Down' when the sound equipment began to experience delayed feedback, disrupting his performance.

Rema, apparently enraged, abruptly halted his act before confronting those in control of the sound.

Source: Legit.ng

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Chinasa Afigbo (Editor) Chinasa Afigbo is a pop culture/music journalist and content writer with over four years of experience in other mainstream media organisations, including Vanguard Media and Guardian Life. She holds a degree in Information Management Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO). She also moved on to pursue courses in writing & media communications. Chinasa has also been published in other Intl journals, like The African Report. Reach her at: chinasa.afigbo@corp.legit.ng.

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