Nigerian artist on the rise, Rema, comes through with “Alien.”
Rema is fast making a name for himself in America, after solidifying himself as a certified star out in Nigeria. The rapper-slash-singer really does it all, from melodic, auto-tuned raps you would find in the United States to Nigerian-inspired, afrobeats music. Somehow, every record is catchy which will undoubtedly set him up for a successful career. Case in point, Apple Music has already deemed him their newest “Up Next” artist, which is an honor they bestow upon a rising artist that often results in said artist’s imminent mainstream takeover, considering the cultural pull and power that is Apple. At the time, Rema said of the recognition: “[It’s] a huge deal for me,” said Rema. “I want to take Afrobeats to the world and now the world is listening, it’s an honour. This has come during a time when across the world people are uniting and coming together to fight for justice. This generation, my generation, are standing up and speaking out and it’s amazing to see, I am standing right beside them.”For today’s new drop though, Rema takes things to a hip-hop route rather than afrobeats, with a record that contains a familiar sample from Jay-Z’s classic “Dead Presidents.” How do you find the re-purposed sample? Rema uses the piano melody to float over the beat in a squeaky baby voice while he sing-raps about being an alien who is in love with his best friend.