5 songs from Reminsce’ El-Hadj to bump the fuck out immediately

And the year keeps getting better for Nigerian music.

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Just yesterday, Alaga Ibile, Reminisce released El-Hadj, his third studio album and we have been sampling it for more than just bare tracks that roll across your mind for replay worthy numbers. We had to weed through a thick forest of certified jams, but here are 5 of the best off the project to enjoy right away.

Where I Come From

On the global rise of dancehall inspired music, Reminisce brings a gutty Nigerian twist to the West Indies sound with Where I Come From. An uncredited vocal sample is placed underneath Reminisce’ typical streetwise edge. Reminisce details all the elements of any universal hood rife with crime, weapons and murdering streets. If this were a neo-gangster movie, this is the song that would play while a montage of slum stills are reeled across the screen.

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Ibadi

Sossick’s trap music inspired Ibadi rolls in after the grit of Where I Come From with ambient synths. Distorted vocals open the song and producer Sossick uses the opportunity of the ambiguity to introduce Ibadi’s graphically raunchy subject matter. By the time Reminisce’s voice comes in you already know what you’re listening to. The lyrics  are riotously explicit and Sossick repeats a shtick of electronically augmenting his vocals to dextrously carry smooth hooks—as he’s done on production works for the late DaGrin.

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If E No Be God feat. Mr Eazi

We have to admit, our first listen reaction to this collaboration wasn’t exactly great. It’s opening sequence seemed disjointed and ramble-y, which was unusual for a Mr Eazi who has unarguably had the best track record all year. However, almost like a match stick thrown into fire, a house music progression sets in at the second half of his hook before Reminisce takes it all away with two humorous verses. This will be in clubs till the end of the year, just remember you heard it hear first.

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Oloun (feat. Oladips)

This unofficial tribute to the brand of American West Coast hip-hop popularised by rappers from the Los Angeles region of the United States is one of the hardest songs on the entire project (which is an amazing feat because Asalamalekun our hardest hip-hop song of the year so far—is also on this album). Reminisce and Oladips trade verses, then bars on a final verse they share. Oloun features another one of Sossick’s ultra-tweaked vocals breathing pure fire on three hooks gaslighted by a clone of Dr Dre’s signature of a bouncy keyboard synths interpolated with minimalist drums, signalling Reminisce’s high-end tastes even when it involves mooching off a pre-existing concept.

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Larger than Life (feat. Sojay)

Without a doubt, Reminisce gave the best songs on his album to LRR signees Sojay and Oladips. The track placement of an album highlight like Larger Than Life after a similarly above par Oloun where Oladips had just been given the floor  only further confirms the Alaga Ibile’s intent to earmark both artists’ and their place in his grand plan. Larger Than Life as the title reflects has Reminisce rapping about living a life beyond the material in love, life and career. On this track, Reminisce strips away his aggrandised street persona for a deeply human side while SoJay delivers a magnificently haunting vignette of how infinitely small humanity is, in a universe of big-big things.

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