You’ve heard the term before; Local rapper or indigenous rapper as the likes of Reminisce, Phyno, Lil Kesh, Olamide, Ill Bliss, and some other have been called. They rap in the native dialect as opposed to english, and have found themselves put in a box with that “local rapper” tag attached to it.
Reminisce in an interview with HipHop World made his thoughts clear, as he came out to say it’s insulting, and has a way of making them feel inferior and suppressing them.
Here are his thoughts
Stop calling us indigenous rappers there is nothing like that, a rapper is a rapper, calling myself, Phyno, Olamide, Seriki, BaseOne, Lil Kesh and couple of others coming up local rapper is a way of suppressing or make us feel inferior, because Serkodie is a rapper no one refers to him as indigenous rapper. If you cannot call him a local rapper then don’t call any of us local or indigenous rapper.
Over the years, we’ve been able to overturn the rap game, we’ve been able to change perception as regards if you cannot rap in English you cannot be a rap god or king and it’s been a collective effort. Things has really change people can now know who the real hiphop guys are unlike before when if you can rap in English you won’t get endorsement. And we feel very proud to be the rave of the moment.
He’s made a point there! What do you think?