Popularly known as Reminisce, Nigerian musician, rapper, songwriter, and actor Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru recently talked about his “first major” rejection in the music business. He said a radio station rejected the CDs he and his buddy Alexander Abolore Adegbola Akande, better known as 9ice, had to offer because of the heavy Yoruba influence in their music, and said this was his first rejection. In a recent interview with Zikoko, Reminisce talked about this event as he was featured as a guest and answered a Q&A session.
“My first major rejection was with 9ice on the Island, at a radio station, where we went to submit our music CDs for airplay, and the feedback we got was that we would never make it.
“They said 9ice was singing like Babalawo cos he sings in Yoruba.
“The other guy told me: ‘Why am I rapping like a buffoon, can’t I see Ruggedman? He said that we should both go back and look for something to do with our lives and be better.
“That was my first major rejection. I will never forget it, even 9ice, I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten it.”