Rema joined popular TV host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu in a recent episode of Channels TV’s Rubbin Minds.
On the show, the Mavin Records act talked about returning to school, his new album, how he made the switch from gospel music to trap music, how he met D’Prince, and lots more.
Rema, whose debut album Rave & Roses opened to positive reviews, announced earlier on Twitter that he’d been offered admission into the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG).
When asked what course he’d be studying, he said: “Theatre Arts.” Ebuka also teased the 21-year-old singer, whose slight dig at the currently striking Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria (ASUU) trended on the internet. Rema has been unable to resume at UNILAG due to ASUU’s ongoing strike.
According to the interview, Rema used to sing in his Christ Embassy church and headed the rap nation there. He revealed he made the switch, turning up for performances at political rallies, hitting up bars and lounges just so he could foot the bills at home following the death of his father and brother.
I was still in Benin when that switch happened. A lot of people thought that when I got signed, I started deviating.
No. Actually, life was tough in Benin. I’m not that guy to ask the people in church to pay me because I’m doing God’s work.
Right there in Benin, I started going to competitions, going to bars, lounges, political rallies; just trying to get on the stage and hold a microphone, to at least get sprayed some money to come back home and feed my family, because we were going through tough times.
He also shared how he met D’Prince, the event that culminated in his signing to Mavin Records. Rema reached out to Prince on Instagram, shared a couple of recorded carpool freestyles and he liked and reshared them.
It’s been an intense 3 years for the “Calm Down” singer, whose music has virtually reached every corner of the world. On Rave & Roses, he proved his international appeal, working with several international acts including American Pop and RNB sensation Chris Brown.
Rema’s also worked with many top artists from his home country Nigeria but revealed his intent to work with other fast rising stars like him including Fireboy DML, Joeboy, Omah Lay, stating that they talk and plan collaborations.
And FYI, for those who are wondering, Rema is still single, but is not actively searching and insisted during the interview that he remains very good friends with label mate Ayra Starr, whom he ocassionally posts on his social media, praising her for her talent and positive energy.
You can watch the full interview HERE.