The Nigerian music industry is filled with highly talented individuals that sometimes, it becomes a herculean task to say who has got more fame and success than the other. However, Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, popularly known by his stage name Reminisce, has garnered huge fame as a versatile Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter. His outstanding musical skills have enabled him to perform in English and his local language, Yoruba.
With Reminisce’s huge net worth, it will be safe to say that the multifaceted musician has made a fortune for himself. He is an internationally recognized artist and has been active in the Nigerian music industry for over a decade. Interestingly, he won the Rap Artiste of the Year at the City People Entertainment Award in 2016.
Reminisce’s Music Career Contributed Largely to His $7 Million Net Worth
His music career is one of the major sources of his net worth, and the singer has, so far, released four music albums and several chart-topping singles. Reminisce’s net worth gave him the credibility to be among the richest musicians in the country. According to a 2021 estimation by Forbes, the best indigenous Yoruba rapper is worth a whopping $7 million, which is about 2.8 billion in Naira. Although some sources pegged his net worth a little above $7 million and some below, the bottom line is that the music talent has apparently carved a niche for himself in the music industry. Let’s look at how his music career helped him achieve such a huge net worth.
Reminisce Had Passion For Music From An Early Stage
Though on a very low key, Reminisce began his musical career while he was still an undergraduate in Kwara State Polytechnic. He had a strong passion for music from childhood, and when he is not studying, he listens to various genres of English and local music. He joined his school’s performing arts group, where he participated in many school activities before he graduated.
The singer continued brushing up his rapping skills by emulating the then-popular rappers such as Nas, Snoop Dog, Jay Z, etc. Given his hard work and creativity, he recorded his first song in 2006. Still in school, he recorded his first hardcore rap album, but it was sadly not released, so he thought it wise to pause on music and complete his studies first.
He Fully Began His Music Career in 2008 After His Graduation
It is a reliable fact that the singer started with his music career quite early. However, it subsequently opened doors for his continual success in the industry. On completing his studies at Kwara State Polytechnic, Reminisce professionally started his musical career in 2008. The artist, who is signed to Edge Records, a self-established record label, is also the founder and CEO of the LRR Record.
Having his own record label is a big feat to him because it gives him the edge to earn more from his performances rather than giving out a large part of the money to any label as he used to do in the past. So far, Reminisce has had joint works with A-list Nigerian artists like Davido, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Olamide, Yemi Alade, Don Jazzy, and many others.
His Two Singles, Ever Since and If Only, Established Him in The Nigerian Music Industry
After returning fully to the music scene in 2008, the music talent has continued to make waves in the industry, without looking back. He started with performing a rap verse in the track titled Bachelor’s Life Off 9ice‘s juvenile album titled Gongo Aso. Reminisce released his first single, which centered on his life story till that moment, Ever Since, featuring 9ice. If Only, his second single, followed up and was a love song produced by Dtunez.
Reminisce success in the entertainment industry has over time earned him some big names. In 2014, he was named among “Seven World Rappers You Should Meet” by Time Magazine. In the same year, Nigeria’s biggest music site Notjustok named him one of the top three hip hop artists. He won the 2012 Top Naija Music Award for Best Collaboration with “A” List Artist.
List Of Reminisce’s Hit Songs
Reminisce has released numerous hit tracks over the course of his musical career, but here are some of his best songs and the years they were released.
- 2008- If Only
- 2008- Ever Since ft 9ice
- 2010- Kako Bii Chicken
- 2011- One Chance
- 2012- Government ft Olamide, Endia
- 2014- Daddy ft Davido
- 2014- Turn It Around
- 2016- Angelina
- 2017- Ponmile
- 2018- Ajigijaga
- 2018- Do You Feel It
- 2020- Prosperity ft Falz
- 2020- Toxic ft Adekunle Gold
The Hitmaker Has Made Millions From His Four Released Albums
Àt the initial stage of his career, Reminisce charges N1 million-2M per live show. Also, there were a few other shows, where he charged above this amount, considering all that was involved. However, as time goes on, his charges increased just as he continued to gain more fame and popularity in the entertainment industry. In recent times, the music talent charges a minimum of N5 million per show; this is, however, a meager sum compared to the amount he makes on the sales of his albums.
He released his first studio album titled Book of Rap Stories in March 2012. It took him two years to release the album and the successful collaboration with studio producer, Sarz, gave him an edge to make the album bilingual. He went on to release his second album Alagba Ibile on 15th November 2013. The album, which featured artistes like Davido, Wizkid, Naeto C, Olamide, was an immediate success, selling over a million copies before the end of 2014.
In 2015, he dropped his third album, Baba Hafusa, selling over 500,000 copies in Nigeria within two weeks after its release. The album, which earned the number one spot in iTunes for more than one week, is arguably one of the most successful hip hop albums in Nigeria today. It also won him Rap Album of the Year at the City People Entertainment Award.
The next year, he released his fourth album, El-Hadj, and it also a worldwide success, making large sales across the country. The album won The Headies Award for Best Rap Album in 2017. Yet, the singer has announced his plan to release his fifth album in August 2021, which will be titled Alaye Toh Se Go Go. Reminisce let this on via his social media page, and it reads “Album no 5! Alaye To Se GOGO/August 2021.”
A Recap of His Four Albums
- Book Of Rap Stories (2012)
- Alagba Ibile (2013)
- Baba Hafusa (2015)
- El-Hadj (2016)
- Vibes and Insha Allah (2020)
Reminisce Also Earns From Endorsement Deals
Even with his music career being his major source of income, Reminisce’s net worth was also achievable through the endorsement deals he continually signs. Following his continuous success, the music star has gained some recognition from popular brands both in the foreign and local space.
Below are some of the brands he endorses:
- He is a Brand Ambassador for Samsung Mobile, one of the biggest electronics companies in the world today.
- In April 2021, he bagged a million naira endorsement deal with a betting company, Frapapa.
- He is also a brand ambassador for Origin, a big liquor and cocktail company in Africa.