Reema Major [Photos/Prolific Profile]
Toronto, ON – Check out our latest Prolific Profile! This time it’s 15-year old artist Reema Major who recently boosted her buzz by taking part of the Internet Exclusive Cyphers for the 2010 BET Music Awards… she’s only 15! It’s dope that Canada was represented in the Cyphers, especially since a Canadian took home the MVP of the Year trophy at the actual ceremony. With a couple of mixtapes under her belt and a bright future ahead, we’ve decided to drop the Prolifc Profile on Reema to find out a bit more about her. HipHopCanada’s Ajani Charles also has some dope photos to share from her recent appearance at the PEACEdotLOVE Festival. Check it out after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Reema Major: I think hip-hop is a lifestyle, and I consider myself hip-hop. I think I am hip-hop. Growing up of course in the environment of the hood, hearing it, and having all the people on the block influence me, I picked up on hip-hop.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Reema Major: I’ve been doing this since I was five years old. I’ve always been a writer, creative and lover of music. I don’t consider this an occupation, I’m just doing what I love to do and what I’m here to do. But, of course in terms of the business side of things I’m making it happen for myself because I’m the illest kid in the game, with an amazing team behind me.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Reema Major: Well officially now, I’m back in Toronto so I’m based here.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Reema Major: I have had a mass exposure to culture from being born in Sudan, moving to Kenya, Uganda, Kansas City and then Toronto. I think everywhere influences my sound, and I think when people hear me they can’t really say, “Oh she’s from here or there.” I’m not specific in terms of one culture creating my sound.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Reema Major: My fan base, I think it’s kind of interesting right now, because I get crazy fan mail from the kids, all the ill kids, and also a lot of love from the older heads that just tell me they can’t believe I’m doing so well at my age, and how I am about my business. Therefore, grown folks and the ill kids. I love everybody and they love me back.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Reema Major: The young artists on the come up honestly, I would just tell them to stay focused and stay consistent because when you fail to plan you plan to fail. Stay on your grind, wake up every morning doing what you have to do, and don’t take a day off. I personally live in the studio, so it doesn’t stop for me. Honestly, there is nothing that I wish I knew before, because everything that has happened all happened for a reason. From the ups to the downs, I think God allowed everything to happen for a purpose. So I wouldn’t want anyone to have told me something different, or wish I have learned something prior before… because I feel that it would have altered my destiny.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Reema Major: Well, I’m all about giving back. As you know I’m from Sudan and I’m teaming up with War Child, because I want to give back to my community. I love my people and I’m very active and I’m about to get more involved with some projects coming up soon.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Reema Major: The only people I have been collaborating with recently are members of G7. Just focused on my team, and getting our material out. Haven’t been collaborating with anyone outside of G7 Records yet, but I’m sure in the near future.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Reema Major: I don’t have a specific person right now, but I love them all.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Reema Major: I’ve released my first mixtape when I was 14 years old entitled The Youngest in Charge, and I got crazy feedback. I’ve also released a lot of singles since, but what I have coming up is another mixtape entitled 15 Going on 25. I was featured on the BET hip-hop Awards’ Cypher, and I was at the show in Atlanta. A lot of accomplishments, and a lot of things happening for me. I’m situated, I kind of have my deal situated, and the ink is drying so there is so much to be grateful for.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Reema Major: Shout outs to HipHopCanada for supporting me. Look out for me!
Photography by Ajani Charles
Reema Major performs live at PEACEdotLOVE Festival in Toronto
Reema Major – 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher
About Reema Major
A multi-talented young lady, fifteen year old Reema Major has a bright future ahead.
First introduced to music at the age of 5 through her older cousin who used to rap, Reema has been around the mic her whole life. She moved to Kansas City at the age of 9 and spent a lot of her childhood there writing and rehearsing. Bay Area artists were a big influence in Kansas at the time, and she was mainly introduced to hip-hop through them. Eventhough she doesn’t listen to much of it now, Reema still manages to astound listeners with her delivery and lyrical abilities.
Moving to Toronto in 2009 facilitated a lot of things for the young artist. She was introduced to Kwajo Cinqo from Canada’s legendary hip-hop group Ghetto Concept, and her career took a toll for the better. Kwajo absolutely loved Reema. “From The Moment I met her I knew that she was destined to be a superstar,” Kwajo says. “I was very impressed by her confidence, swagger, and lyrical wordplay. I feel she is the hottest female in the game and she’s only 15!” Besides her skills on the mic and her glowing beauty, Reema has incredible work ethics. A studio enthusiast, she understands the amount of effort and work that goes into taking herself to the top. In one session she easily records 3-4 records, which she pens herself. Her writing ablities make her a sought after ghostwriter. “I want to go down as one of the best female rappers ever,” she says matter-of-fact. And she knows it’s not going to be an easy task.
Her sound is versatile, and it depicts her worldly outlook on life. At only fifteen years old, Reema speaks Arabic and Tribal Tongue (Sudan) as well as English. Her music is a reflection of her personal experiences and not those of others around her. As an artist, Reema has the potential to relate to a large fan base thanks to her vast cultural exposure. For the past three years she has also been taking acting classes both in the U.S. and Canada, preparing herself for a career in film also. Her style doesn’t fall behind of her music either. Reema is looked up to by a lot of young females her age for her impeccable fashion sense. Although she is young, Louis Vuitton and Gucci are her favourite stores to shop at any given day.
Working with G7 Universe as her home label, she has access to some of the best guidance and resources any label could offer. With a powerful team behind her, Reema Major is sure to break boundaries with her music. Her first single “Gucci Bag” was released to an online audience in October of 2009 introducing her to the public. Due to the large demand and positive feedback, Reema released her first mixtape “Youngest in Charge” in January 2010 to an online audience as well. The feedback was terrific. Her second street single “Arabic Princess” off her mixtape followed shortly and it has helped Reema break through a young audience. Both her singles are now available on iTunes. Currently she is working on her second mixtape entitled “I’m So Major”, which is due to come out in spring 2010. This CD will differ from her first mixtape as all the songs will be on original beats produced by Kwajo Cinqo, T-NYCE, Major Music, and the Fliptones. To maximize the fans’ visual experience, G7 will soon also be releasing short videos for Reema’s first two singles: “Gucci Bag” and “Arabic Princess” in spring 2010. This year, Reema is also working on several other projects outside of music, and is preparing to launch her own clothing line in the near future.
Reema Major has a big year ahead, and it’s all hers for the taking.
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