Nigerian superstar, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, is the epitome of art and applaudable success. The rapper, singer, and songwriter rose to stardom in 2019 for his hit song “Iron Man.” In the same year, Rema signed a recording deal with Jonnzing World, a subsidiary of Don Jazzy’s Marvin Records. He went on to release a self-titled debut EP, Rema which took the number 1 spot on Apple Music Nigeria. The undeniable success has led to golden collaborations such as a song with Selena Gomez. Her voice is angelic and alongside Rema, they are in sync. The original version of “Calm Down” has been a huge hit on Instagram Reels and streaming apps. With Selena jumping on the remix, this masterpiece has just gained more traction.
BREAKING DOWN THE LYRICS
In this banger, Rema is crushing on the girl with a yellow dress at his party. He’s attracted to her mellowness amidst all the noise around her. She’s a shy girl with a little bit of curiousness so, when Rema comes up to her, she allows him but also holds back. She’s worried about what her friends will say. The two are flirting and it becomes intense.
I see this fine girl, for my party she wear yellow
Every other girl they dey do too much but this girl mellow
Naim, I dey find situation, I go use take tell am hello
Finally, I find way to talk to the girl but she no wan follow
Who you come dey form for? Woah (mhmm)
Yeah, I know I look shy but for you I get down, oh, woah
And my hips make you cry when I’m moving around you (yeah)
Do it once, do it twice (do it twice)
I push back, you hold me tight
Get a taste for a night
The 22-year-old has also created his own sound called Afro-Rave, which he defines as a perception of Afrobeat, a sub-genre. It includes the melody, delivery, diversity, and flexibility to maintain its own stance, sound-wise, in any beat pattern. Rema has been able to curate his own music style and generate a huge following for himself, and this collaboration with Selena Gomez takes things up a notch for sure!
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