Before Rema finally signed to MAVIN, he had been with the label for about 18 months prior to that. But before that 18 month spell, Rema was a teenager who lost his dad and older brother within a short time of each other and was under pressure to raise money for his mother.
At the age of 17, he went to work on a beach in Ghana and bought his mom a car. Soon after, he made a freestyle to D’Prince‘s ‘Gucci Gang’ and he came on MAVIN/Jonzing‘s radar. Things have not been the same since.
On losing his dad and brother, Rema says, “At some point things got hard and I had to man up…. I had to work hard because I lost my brother and my dad… I had to work hard.” During the chat, Rema says hard work got him in shape and that he never goes to the gym. Rema also called his mother a, “great mom.”
In March 2019, Rema released ‘Dumebi’ as part of his self-titled debut EP. The song took off and became a hit. On making the song, Rema described how he was recording in August 2018 when he met producer, Ozedikus. The producer was frustrated by how nobody was picking up the beat that eventually became, ‘Dumebi.’
Rema then collected the beat and asked Ozedikus to give him a day with it. Rema took the beat away and recorded on it. That time, he didn’t write, but only ‘vibed’ to the beat via a freestyle and during a session. With limited studio time, he wanted to come back to the incoherent parts the next day to put actual words in.
While he was playing the song for Ozedikus, MAVIN artist and Jonzing Head Honcho, D’Prince walked in and told Rema to leave the song in its original state, with the mumbling. The song was released that way and it became a hit. On the song, Rema says, “In the world, certain things don’t make sense till you make them make sense.“
While speaking on the thought behind a ‘Dumebi (Remix)‘ with Becky G, Rema says, “I wanted more impact in the Latin-pop zone. I saw the rest of the world was rocking with it (Dumebi)… I wanted to get in that zone and I will get in that zone more this year. Even in the Indian zone… some people say I sound Arabian and Indian…
“This Afrobeats, we can take it to every part of the world. It’s time to globalize Afrobeats just like Hip-Hop did. It’s left for me and my generation…“
Rema also revealed that he was shocked by the reception he received in London, England and Paris, France.
During the interview, Rema also says that he doesn’t drink or smoke, that he hates posting on social media, that he hates taking selfies and that he would like to get into fashion. Rema says he would rather post his music on social media that a gold chain or precious possession. To him, it’s easy to get addicted to likes and comments on social media.
Source: Pulse NG