If you’ve never heard the phrase, “Abi ki pe Rexxie?”, you don’t spend enough time on the internet. As someone who’s chronically online, I spend days going through Nigerian Twitter. And not only is it a place where the funniest people on Earth dwell, it also teaches you a thing or two about pop culture. So, it makes sense that it was the first place I heard the phrase.
At first, I thought it was from a skit, or one of those viral TikTok sounds, but I knew I’d heard the name Rexxie before. I figured it had to come from a song or something related. So, with investigative journalism skills that rival the best in the nation, I went to google and typed “Abi ki pe Rexxie?” Hold your applause, not everyone can be an award-winning journalist.
The phrase is from Abracadabra, a song by — you guessed it — Rexxie featuring Naira Marley and Skiibii. I wasn’t expecting that song title, but it’s Nigerian music, you should always expect the unexpected. Now, it’s not Naira Marley’s song, but if there’s one thing we’ve learnt about Naira since he blew up in 2019, it’s that he will make a tune so catchy, it’ll be stuck in your head. That’s why if you asked the majority of social media users who use the phrase what the name of the song is, they wouldn’t have an answer for you. Why? Because they’ve not actually listened to the song beyond the Naira Marley snippet.
If you don’t know what “Abi ki pe Rexxie?” means, it‘s “Should I call Rexxie?” After listening to the song a couple of times, I’ve realised that Naira Marley wants to turn us into modern day philosophers. That line alone has left me with enough thoughts and theories to outrank Aristotle and Plato.
Why is Naira Marley calling Rexxie? Does Rexxie owe him money? Rexxie is a producer and Naira is singing on his beat, so it’s not like Naira Marley is calling Rexxie to come and take over the verse. What then are we calling Rexxie for? Is there something Naira Marley knows that the rest of us are unaware of? Should I beckon upon Rexxie whenever I have problems? Will Rexxie have answers?
After spending days dissecting it, I’ve come to the conclusion that only one person has the answer to the questions I seek. So, maybe I too should call Rexxie.