When it comes to Nigerian rap, Reminisce is a respected ﬁgure, loved by people of all ages. Whether you became a fan through his early hits like “Ever Since” or “If E No Be God,” enjoyed his anthem in “Hustle,” or discovered his talent anew on the ‘ATSG’ album, Reminisce undeniably offers something for everyone. It’s not just an album; it’s a collection of stories, good vibes, and personal tales. It reminds us that Nigerian rap is alive and brimming with energy and creativity. Reminisce doesn’t just make music; he creates a powerful musical experience, exploring what’s possible in the world of sound.
Since his groundbreaking ‘El-Hadj’ album in 2016, Reminisce’s work has stood out in the industry, sparking curiosity and admiration. This is why on August 7th, fans were eagerly waiting for a glimpse of ‘E.N.K.R’ from his upcoming ‘ATSG’ album.
As we delved into ATSG, we couldn’t help but marvel at how his style has evolved. Despite the complex beats and lyrics, his music is easy to listen to and heartwarming. The album has surprising collaborations, promising a diverse musical experience Little did we know the seamless fusion of talents that awaited us.
The album’s opening track, “Eyes,” featuring the talented Mayorkun, sets the stage for the artistic journey that ATSG embodies. With each note, Reminisce and Mayorkun guide us through their personal musical stories. When Reminisce boldly states, “I came, I come, I conquered, now what?” he reafﬁrms his position at the forefront of the music industry even after all these years.
This leads us to “Awon aye.” With its catchy hook, “Elenu razor… Elenu I pass my neighbor,” this track becomes the go-to anthem for moments when someone’s endless chatter annoys you. It’s the perfect tune to play when you ﬁnd yourself at odds with someone. “Awon aye” is an instant favorite for anyone who has experienced the sting of empty words.
“Orin” paints a clear picture of the partnership between Olamide and Reminisce and how they complement each other. He perfectly expresses the challenges of manhood, questioning the numerous obstacles he must overcome: “How many woes, how many foes? How many struggles and ﬁghts? How much sweat, tears, and blood must I shed to be a man?” In his verses, he navigates personal betrayals, expressing his rules and sharing intimate glimpses into his own experiences.
You’ve probably heard “Hustle” before, the anthem that quickly took over social media. But rediscovering it on the ATSG album adds a new layer of depth. Hearing it in this context rekindles the original excitement, reminding you of raw determination. There have been songs that induced euphoria, but “Hustle” urges you to take action, even in the silent hours of 2 AM. The relatable hooks courtesy of Bnxn Fka Buju and the compelling verse by Dsmoke add to this. “Hustle” is more than just a song; it’s a call to action.
Then comes “Recycle,” a brief interlude that captures the essence of a speciﬁc musical era. Every year has its unique musical vibe, and identifying it can be challenging. But 2016 had a distinct vibe, and “Recycle” captures exactly that. It’s as if Oja Daddy sensed our curiosity about his evolution and answered it with ﬁnesse. He conﬁdently declares, “Ain’t nothing changed since I dropped the last one,” reafﬁrming his identity. He doesn’t just claim it; he proves it. Through this short interlude, Reminisce establishes that he is undoubtedly who he claims to be.
When I heard “E.N.K.R,” it was proof that if you think you’ve ﬁgured out the vibe of this album, you really haven’t. From Ycee’s verse to RhookCastle’s, you’re guaranteed to be thrilled as this song plays. Strangely, it boosts your conﬁdence.
Next are the high-energy dance ﬂoor anthems, “Shina Peters” and “Rotate.” “Shina Peters” evokes mixed emotions; joy for Mohbad’s presence on the album, yet sadness for his untimely departure, it leaves a void.
The transition from “Rotate” to “Olu Maintain” is unexpected. Suddenly, we ﬁnd ourselves in the midst of an Afro-style rap track featuring Dremo, Odumodu, and Poweezy, which seamlessly brings in the love era with the catchiest hook. And I call it the “love era” because the next track “Why” has a hands-in-the-air chorus and a blissful beat. The song seems destined to be the soundtrack for a fun night out with your new love interest when you’re hopeful it’s your “last bus stop.” And then there’s “Mora,” a gentle love song that wraps you in its tender embrace.
It’s the perfect soundtrack for lovebirds, ideal for a video compilation with your special someone. In fact, it’s ﬁtting even for wedding vows – that’s how deeply heartfelt and sincere it feels.
“Tight,” the ﬁnal track on this album, starts with the most captivating intro I’ve ever heard: “Hello, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to church today. Today is Sunday. Saturday, we were at the Babalawo’s house, and now we’re here for praise and worship in the house of the Lord.” This opening line grabbed my attention and kept me enthralled. The song, featuring Kayode, serves as the perfect conclusion to an already outstanding album.
In this album, there was much anticipation, and Reminisce surpassed expectations. He has carefully created a musical journey, skillfully balancing chaos and harmony, leaving a mark on the soul. The lyrics are relatable, making you feel understood, and there’s a great mix of tunes that you can enjoy anywhere, anytime. ATSG has simple yet powerful melodies that stay with you long after the music stops.