The rising star of Nigerian Afro beats, Divine Ikubor, professionally known as Rema, has been making waves with his impressive career. At just 23 years old, Rema, a rapper, singer, and songwriter, gained initial recognition in 2019 with the release of “Dumebi.” Signed to Jonzing World, a record label owned by D’Prince with ties to Mavin Records, Rema has achieved remarkable milestones. From performing at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris to headlining the O2 arena concert in London on November 15, 2023, where he entertained a crowd of twenty thousand, Rema has solidified his status as a megastar.

His latest music project, “Ravage the Ep,” released on October 26, 2023, served as the soundtrack to his triumphant O2 concert. Among the tracks, “Smooth Criminal” emerges as a standout, offering a unique blend of tension and intrigue. This song, an Afro beats rendition paying homage to Michael Jackson’s 1998 classic of the same name, showcases Rema’s versatility and creativity. The native version, featuring a mix of pidgin English and local slangs, transforms the iconic pop track into an Afro beats masterpiece.

What sets “Smooth Criminal” apart is not only its homage to a timeless pop song but also Rema’s genius in adapting it to the Afro beats genre. Collaborating with talented music producers P Prime and London, Rema’s delivery, lyrical prowess, and the infusion of Amapiano beats result in a top-notch track. As part of the 5-track EP “Ravage,” “Smooth Criminal” stands out for its captivating sound, infectious lyrics, and Rema’s undeniable talent. This song not only pays tribute to a pop classic but also adds a fresh and vibrant dimension to Rema’s evolving musical journey.

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