Everything about Ravage is audacious and delicious. Rema shows immense range. It’s an urgent, fiery, “in-your-face” kind of music that immediately impresses.
●27th October 2023
Rema’s journey through the music industry has been extraordinary. This year, in particular, has been a defining period in his career. He’s climbing so fast, forcing his way into the international music market. But it’s not just about the accolades and global recognition that have come pouring in thanks to the hit track “Calm Down.”
Even without those, without the #1 chart wins, he’s still H.I.M — the Prince of Afrobeats. This EP is how Rema currently feels.
In Rema’s own words, “On this project, I connect with my inner flame, my inner rage. It’s like an outburst on the inside of me that I’ve held in for too long. It’s not fueled with negativity, rather it’s fueled with drive, passion, and destiny. What people will hear on this project is a little exhale from me, only that it comes with fire.”
Ravage follows Rema’s well-received debut album, Rave & Roses, which dropped in 2022, producing hit singles like “Calm Down” and “Soundgasm.”
The production, handled by London, Blaise Beatz, and P Prime, feels tailor-made for his voice, and every song plays to his strengths. As soon as the beat drops on the first song, “Trouble Maker”, it is almost impossible to refrain from getting up and dancing or bopping your head at least. The steam goes off and it doesn’t let up. On this track, Rema introduces the EP by warning you instantly, he is not here to play safe or dabble with respectability politics.
“Smooth Criminal” is a bruising dance record that was made for long hours in the club. On “Don’t Leave,” Rema maintains the youthful, confident energy he’s known for. His vocals dance with the beats, demonstrating playful finesse and exceptional skill.
Everything about Ravage is audacious and delicious. Rema shows immense range. It’s an urgent, fiery, “in-your-face” kind of music that immediately impresses. The sounds are erratic and unpredictable, Rema’s vocals are alive, bold, spirited, but still very much melodious. Whatever shadow of doubt may have lingered in his mind about his level of talent has disappeared. So now he’s not here to debate his competence with anyone. And he means it. As he cheekily points out on “DND,” ‘even Egbon dey collect DND,’ so don’t try him.
Rema has figured out just exactly how he wants to sound. On “Red Potion,” arguably the best track on the EP, London does an expert job and Rema complements his great work. He revisits his Asian and Arabic influences, plucks out some hidden notes, weaves them into catchy hooks and playful micro-runs that blend together to create a harmonious masterpiece. The call-and-response vocalisation and funky beats make it almost reminiscent of a Fela tune. It’s compelling music that pans out with you doing the stank face because of just how good Rema’s flow is.
This is Rema’s moment, and he’s seizing it with both hands.
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