New to the game but old to its’ ways, 21-year-old Melbourne lyricist Remi ‘REMi’ Kolawole exudes a unique style, rhythmic flow and an honest delivery. His semi tongue-in-cheek braggadocios style, by no means overshadows his lyrical abilities. Remi’s rapping persona is comfortable sitting amongst varying musical backdrops and tempos, and his singing voice is as smooth and catchy as the hooks he sings.
Expertly balancing singing and rapping, Remi’s content is highly self referential, littered with pop-cultural tid bits and tales of a life equally footed in fantasy as it is reality. On the back of releasing two EP’s in 2011 (Childish and Five Beats I Love) his debut 2012 album Regular People Sh#%t not only cements his previous forte’s, but also displays a confidence in showing several new ones.
The album (produced in full by local duo J Smith & Dutch) covers a varying subject matter and has equal nods (lyrically) to everyone from Slum Village to Drake as it does Black Thought and early Kanye West. Remi’s 1st single of the album, APE caused a bit of a commotion down at triple j. As a result, Remi was made an Unearthed feature artist, and his debut LP Regular People Shit, dubbed the Hip-Hop Show’s feature album.
Since then he has supported XXL freshman Danny Brown, MED, N’fa Jones, M.A.F.I.A, Jade McRae, and played at the 2012 song summit held in Sydney, along side fellow RunForYourLife members. REMi present’s his brand new film clip, entitled Get Some (tribute to Tariq Trotter). The track, (consisting of 62 bars of raw rap, a huge drum break and 808’s) is dedicated to The Roots front man Black Thought, and not unlike BT, the tune oozes attitude. If you combine this with super fine ballet dancer’s and a live band, you have yourself one hell of a film clip. Get Some is lifted from REMi’s debut LP, Regular People Shit.