Rema (musician)

Divine Ikubor (born 1 May 2000)[1] professionally known by his stage name Rema,[3] [4] is a Nigerian rapper, musician and performing artist. He 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.[5]

Rema
Birth nameDivine Ikubor
Also known asRemmy Boy
Born (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 22)[1]
Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2013–present
Labels
Websiteheisrema.com
YouTube information
ChannelsRema
Subscribers2.36 million
Total views690.7 million

Last updated: 20 November 2022

Early lifeEdit

Divine Ikubor was born into a Christian family in Benin City.[6] He grew up singing and rapping while he was in secondary school. He attended his primary and secondary school education at Ighile Group of Schools, Edo State.[7][8] He lost his father and elder brother but still takes good care of his mother.[9]

CareerEdit

 
Rema catwalk for UK apparel Tokyo James at Lagos Fashion Week in 2019

He started his music career in churches [10].In 2018, Rema, 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.[11][12] Rema signed a record deal with D'Prince's[13] Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records owned by record producer Don Jazzy, in 2019.[14] He went on to release his self-titled debut EP "Rema" in 2019, which peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria.[15][16] 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 60 million views on YouTube.[17] Later that summer, In 2019, one of his other most popular songs from the EP gained more popularity when it was placed on former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama's summer playlist.

In May 2021, Rema announced he will 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.[18]

In September 2021, Rema was unveiled as a brand ambassador for the popular soft drink Pepsi alongside his label mate Ayra Starr.[19]

In 7 September 2022, Rema received on stage an award during his London concert as his songs achieved 1 billon streamings worldwide.

Rave & RosesEdit

After Rema signed a record deal with Jonzing World in 2019, he released his debut EP Rema. After two more EPs, he released his debut album Rave & Roses on 25 March 2022.[20] The album includes 16 tracks and features from 6lack, Chris Brown, AJ Tracey, and Yseult.[21] The album charted 10 songs on the US Billboard Afrobeats Chart following its debut week.[22] His single "Calm Down", including a sample from fellow Nigerian artist Crayon's track "So Fine",[23] then began charting five months after its official release.[24] On August 26, 2022, he released a remix of his song "Calm Down" with Selena Gomez[25]which debuted at number 91 on Billboard Hot 100.[26]

AwardsEdit

On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated[27] and was nominated for Viewer's Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies.[28] On 12 January 2020, he received the Soundcity MVP Awards for best new artist.[29] On 15 June 2020, Rema was nominated as Best Viewers Choice: International Act on the 2020 BET Awards. He was nominated on the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, they were the only Nigerian Artistes nominated for the awards edition of 2020.[30][31][32] Rema's track Woman reached number fifteen on World Digital Song Sales[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Rema is a supporter of football club Manchester United F.C..[34] He also made it known to Twitter that he has gained admission to the university of Lagos to fulfil his mothers dream to get a degree.[10]

On 28 September 2020, Rema tweeted accusations against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the death of his father Justice Ikubor, who was a former chieftain of the party.[35][36]

In cultureEdit

In September 2020, Rema's songs were included in the FIFA 21 soundtracks.[37][38]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[39]
FRA Bel NLD
Rave & Roses 74 31 189 13

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Rema Compilation (2020)

Extended playsEdit

  • Rema (2019)
  • Freestyle EP (2019)
  • Bad Commando[40] (2019)

SinglesEdit

  • "Dumebi" (2019) [41]
  • "Why" (2019)
  • "Corny" (2019)
  • "Boulevard" (2019)
  • "American Love" (2019)
  • "Spiderman" (2019)
  • "Trap Out the Submarine" (2019)
  • "Bad Commando" (2019) [42]
  • "Lady" (2019) [43]
  • "Rewind" (2019)
  • "Spaceship Jocelyn" (2019)
  • "Dumebi Remix" (featuring Becky G) (2020)
  • "Beamer (Bad Boys)" (2020)
  • "Rainbow" (2020)
  • "Fame" (2020)
  • "Ginger Me" (2020)
  • "Alien" (2020)
  • "Woman" (2020)
  • "Peace of Mind" (2020)
  • "Bounce" (2021)
  • "Soundgasm" (2021)
  • "44" (featuring Bad Gyal) (2021)
  • "Calm Down" (2022),[44] BPI: Silver[45]
  • "FYN" (2022)
  • "Calm Down Remix" (featuring Selena Gomez) (2022)

Official VideosEdit

  • "Dumebi" (2019) [46]
  • "Bad Commando" (2019) [47]
  • "Lady" (2019) [48]
  • "Beamer (Bad Boys)" (2020) [49]
  • "Ginger Me" (2020) [50]
  • "Woman" (2020) [51]
  • "Bounce" (2020) [52]
  • "Soundgasm" (2021) [53]
  • "Calm Down" (2022) [54]
  • "FYN" (2022) [55]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2019 The Headies Song of the Year "Dumebi" Nominated [56]
Viewer's Choice Himself Nominated
Next Rated Won
City People Music Awards Most Promising Act of the Year Nominated [57][58]
Revelation of the Year Won
Best New Act of the Year Nominated
2020 BET Awards Best New International Act Nominated [59]
The Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year Nominated [60][61]
Music Won
MTV Europe Music Award Best African Act Nominated [62]
2021 MTV Africa Music Awards Best Male Pending [63]
The Headies Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Nominated [64]
Best Pop Single "Lady" Nominated
Net Honours Most Played Pop Song "Woman" Nominated [65]
African Entertainment Awards USA Song of the Year Nominated [66]
Edison Award Edison Jazz/World – World Rema Compilation Nominated [67]
2022
Odeón Awards 2022 [es] Best urban song "44"
(with Bad Gyal)
Nominated

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69. ^ First Top 10 Single on The Official Uk Singles Chart

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