Popular Nigerian artiste, Timaya, has rated Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema. as being on the top of the list of rising young artists.
According to him, the ‘Calm Down’ hitmaker is above his peers in Nigerian music.
Timaya stated this in a radio interview as he pointed out that Rema’s music, dress sense and stage performance are all indicators that he is the best among his contemporaries.
The Plantain Boy crooner further said that the Mavin/Jonzing Records signee is a dad to other promising ‘young boys.’
“I am a fan of Rema. Among all the young boys, he is the toppest. Rema is their dad,” he said.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that Rema rose to stardom with the release of the song “Dumebi”. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records.
He grew up singing and rapping while he was in secondary school. He attended primary and secondary school at Ighile Group of Schools, Edo State. He lost his father and elder brother but still takes good care of his mother.
Rema started his music career in churches. In 2018, he posted a viral freestyle on Instagram to D’Prince’s track “Gucci Gang”. The post caught the attention of D’Prince who flew him to Lagos to offer a record deal to the young talent.
The ‘Calm Down’ hitmaker signed a record deal with D’Prince’s Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records owned by record producer Don Jazzy, in 2019.
He went on to release his self-titled debut EP “Rema” in 2019, which peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria. On 21 May 2019, Jonzing World, and Mavins released the music video of “Dumebi”, a major breakout song from his self-titled EP, featuring a cameo appearance from Diana Eneje. The video was directed by Ademola Falomo and currently has 56 million views on YouTube.
In May 2021, Rema announced he would be calling his sound “Afrorave”, a subgenre of Afrobeats with influences of Arabian and Indian music which has led to him having one of the strongest fanbase in the country known as Ravers.
In September 2021, Rema was unveiled as a brand ambassador for the popular soft drink Pepsi alongside his label mate Ayra Starr. In 7 September 2022, Rema received on stage an award during his London concert as his songs achieved 1 billion streams worldwide.