Nigerian music star Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has voiced his displeasure at claims suggesting he isn’t on the same level as fellow Afrobeats giants Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy. The young artist believes that such statements undermine his achievements and contributions to the genre.

Rema recently stirred up controversy with his tweet, “No more Big 3 there’s now a Big 4,” a sentiment he reiterates in his new track ‘Hehehe,’ released by Mavin Global Holdings on Monday morning. This declaration has sparked significant debate among fans and critics alike.

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Traditionally, Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido have been hailed as the top Nigerian/Afrobeats artists globally, collectively known as the “Big 3.” These three artists have achieved unparalleled success, garnering international acclaim and massive fan followings. However, Rema insists that his impact on the music scene warrants the expansion of this elite group to a “Big 4.”

In ‘Hehehe,’ Rema addresses the backlash head-on. He sings, “No more big 3, there’s now a big 4. People go para but what for? Dem go say I don’t deserve it but that is an insult.” This line not only reflects his confidence in his artistry but also challenges the status quo of the Afrobeats hierarchy.

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Rema’s assertion is backed by his impressive track record. Since his debut, he has consistently delivered hit songs and groundbreaking projects that have resonated with a global audience. His unique blend of Afrobeats, trap, and pop has set him apart and earned him a dedicated fanbase. His music has topped charts and received numerous awards, further solidifying his position in the industry.

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In interviews, Rema has often spoken about his respect for Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy, acknowledging their contributions and influence. However, he firmly believes that his work speaks for itself and that he deserves to be recognized alongside them. “It’s not just about the hits or the fame,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s about the impact, the connection with the fans, and the message we deliver through our music.”

Rema’s determination to be seen as an equal to the “Big 3” highlights the evolving nature of the Afrobeats scene. As the genre continues to gain global traction, new artists like Rema are pushing boundaries and challenging long-held perceptions. His insistence on being included in the “Big 4” is not just a personal ambition but a call for broader recognition of the new wave of talent emerging from Nigeria.

While some fans and critics may debate his place among the greats, there is no denying Rema’s influence and the fresh energy he brings to the Afrobeats genre.