HipHopDX Premiere: 21-year-old Reema Major left her homeland of Sudan during the war and sought refuge in Toronto, Canada as a child. At 16 years old, after appearing on the 2010 BET Awards cypher, she signed with Interscope with the encouragement of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
Five years later, she has a healthy amount of material under her belt and now reemerges with a new lyric video for “AK47,” which hails from Reema’s debut album, LegenDiary. The song is a first person confessional from the perspective of a gun.
“I partially did it as a homage to Nas,” Reema explained in a press release. “The beat was the gasoline that resonated with me. The flame was the ideas that came after that. I’m from a place that has been plagued with war. And here in the America, we’ve been experiencing plenty of publicized instances of police violence. So this is my commentary on those situations.”
“AK47” puts the proverbial spotlight on her lyrical prowess and marks her clear intent on ripping down any stereotypes surrounding the female MC. Listen above.