Love It/Hate It: Rema and AJ Tracey’s “FYN”

March 11, 2022

Before he drops his debut album and resumes as a Unilag student this March, self-proclaimed rave king, Rema, returns with his second single of the year, FYN, featuring UK rapper, AJ Tracey. With hot takes and fan arguments taking over the internet, for Love It/Hate It,  we asked Nigerians what they thought about the new song, FYN, and this is what they had to say. 

“Rema hasn’t missed since 2019. How many other Nigerian artists can say that?”

— Ehi

It’s wild to me that all Rema has to do is hum on a beat and that shit is going to bang for real. I didn’t know what to expect — this being his first proper feature and all, but, mehn, mind blown. The best part is, even if you don’t like a Rema song when it drops, dem no born you well, the chorus or melody will follow you around like NEPA bill, and before you know it, you’ve crammed all the words. People say he doesn’t have lyrics, but how come they end up learning all the “gibberish” he’s saying?  Just look at yourselves. LOL. 

“Can you imagine what would happen if Ayra Starr sang about sex the way Rema did?”

— Phidelia 

I don’t know if it’s just me, but why is no one concerned about how suggestive and vulgar Rema’s lyrics are? I get that he’s like a day over twenty, but you can’t tell me everyone would be this calm if Ayra Starr sang about “doing it raw” or “doing something from behind”. I like this song and honestly, most of his songs, however, a part of me feels very uncomfortable listening to them. He’s talented and can sell without trying to become some sort of sex symbol too soon. Even Wizkid took time before he started singing, “She tell me say,” up and down. 

“The confidence Rema has is unmatched! Who is his dealer abeg?”

— Zayad 

Can we get into the insane confidence Rema has? This guy starts his songs with, “Another banger!” meaning that he’s already had bangers, and this song will be a banger in its own right. Ever since I discovered him on Bad Commando, I’ve been watching him get more confident with each project, and why shouldn’t he be confident? Back-to-back hits is not easy my guy. The part where he said, “Chat nonsense to me, imma go offline,” had me hyped AF because that’s me for the rest of the year. No time for rubbish.

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“Rema is doing what these other guys think they’re doing, only better”

— Kufre 

When Rema said he was the future, no caps were seen in the vicinity. This guy has been carrying a new generation of Nigerian music on his back since he stepped out with Dumebi and he hasn’t dropped the ball. Nothing has been mid or bad, and this song with AJ is pure flames. Just two baby GOATS dropping major heat from Nigeria to Queen Elizabeth’s backyard. I like that Rema isn’t riding on some fake alté “you have to connect with the universe and Y2k fashion” vibe. He’s making music that’s different, yet accessible to everyone. Let that sink in. 

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“So it’s only melodies we’ll eat? What happened to the lyrics? ”

— Josh

Once again we’re met with a song and an artist that has vibes but lacks actual direction and substance. Nigerians are so used to the bare minimum that we step back in shock when fishes swim. Maybe I should wait for his album to drop before I share how I truly feel. That being said, I’m not moved by this song at all. Not one bit. It’s just like watery stew — lots of potential drowned by the need to pander to social media’s idea of good music. 

“Peer pressure is the only reason most people pretend not to like Rema’s music. Grow up!”

— Adaugo 

Rema’s range is crazy mehn. This guy gave us Dumebi, Woman, Lady, Ginger Me, Soundgasm, Calm Down and now, FYN with AJ Tracey. He’s eating up every genre and sub-genre that lands on his lap. No one is catching up with the replay value of a Rema song, but some of you want to compare him to the other kids? I have to laugh in Mexican because it must be crack. Not liking Rema’s music is a serious character flaw in my opinion. 

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