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June 26, 1995 |
|Years active||2009 – present|
|Labels||G7 Records / Universal Music Canada / Brick Squad Monopoly/ Cherrytree Records / Interscope Records / Gladiator Records /|
|Associated acts||Kwajo Cinqo Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross (Ghetto Concept)|
Reema Major (born June 26, 1995), is a Canadian rapper. She is signed to a joint-record label venture with G7 Records / Universal Music Canada / Cherrytree Records / Interscope Records and also signed to Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad Monopoly label.
Reema Major was born in Khartoum, Sudan, to a South Sudanese mother and an Emirati origin father  Her mother moved to Kenya and later to Uganda before settling in 1998 in Canada through the United Nations refugee programme. In Canada, she was introduced to hip hop at the age of five by her cousin who took part in cyphers outside of their apartment building.
Reema's upbringings were strongly influenced by an early passion for her emceeing and writing. Fluently speaking English, Arabic, Reema channelled her experiences and cultural influences towards honing her musical craft as a rapper and songwriter—something she expressed as coming naturally.
In 2009, Reema Major was introduced to President and CEO of G7 Records, Kwajo Cinqo—member of Canadian hip hop group Ghetto Concept, from Toronto's Rexdale neighbourhood, who promised to have her signed to a music deal. In 2010, a joint-venture record deal was made with G7/Universal/Interscope. Reema had gained some fame after being featured on Royalty Radio 91.9FM, in an online interview and cypher. Her impressive lyricism helped launch her premiere at the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards. after being given an opportunity by Stephen Hill, BET's President of Programming, Talent and Specials. Rapping alongside emcees Nick Javas and Laws, made Reema's performance significant as youngest Canadian female rapper to be a part of that awards ceremony.
Her rising notoriety led to many labels expressing interest in signing her. Eventually a deal was established with the backing of Jimmy Iovine—chairman of Interscope Records, Randy Lennox, President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, and A&R's Martin Kierszenbaum and Andrea Ruffalo of Cherry Tree/Interscope Records, and Mark Spicoluk of Universal Music Canada. This was the first time Universal Music Group signed a direct deal with a Canadian urban music label in 2010.
This venture was furthered on October 7, 2011 when G7 Music Publishing signed a co-publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for the services of Reema Major. The deal was spearheaded by Evan Lamberg President of Universal Music Publishing Group North America and who was an early supporter of Reema's career and her talents.
Reema Major's first mixtape Youngest In Charge was released in 2009; thereafter 15 Going on 25 was launched October 2010, and I Am Legend on May 27, 2011. The young rapper has also performed with Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Big Boi of Outkast. The self-acclaimed "Mother to the New Era" also collaborated with well-known names like Bangladesh, DJ Toomp, The Stereotypes, and rappers Kwajo Cinqo of Ghetto Concept and Rick Ross. She has opened for Wiz Khalifa's two-time sold out Rolling Papers World Tour show in Toronto in September 2011, in addition to releasing her single "I'm The One" from her I Am Legend mixtape on October 12, 2011 with cameos shot in Miami, Florida alongside Rick Ross. In 2013, she collaborated with Karl Wolf and was featured in his single "Go Your Own Way".
In 2013 her song "Gucci Bag" was featured in the motion picture The Bling Ring.
On April 21st 2017 Reema Major released her first single "AK47" off her upcoming project on Gladiator Records "Legendiary" scheduled for release summer 2017.
Albums and mixtapes
- Youngest In Charge (2009)
- 15 Going on 25 (2010)
- I Am Legend (2011)
- #IDGAF (2013)
- 2011: "I'm The One"
- 2017 "AK47"
- Featured in
- 2013: "Go Your Own Way" (Karl Wolf featuring Reema Major)
- "About – Reema Major". ReemaMajor.com. 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
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- "Vixon Initiation: Reema Major". VIBE Vixon Magazine. August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Daily: Music – Meet Reema Major". Now Magazine. April 1, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Reema Major – Biography". Cherrytree Records. May 27, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- "Reema Major Interview". Royalty Radio. June 14, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Hip Hop Awards '10". BET. 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Reema Major – Biography". Cherrytree Records. May 27, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 Cypher 2". YouTube. May 12, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Reema Major". Sway Magazine. December 17, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "News – Oct. 8". Simmons Records. October 8, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "Mac Miller The Incredibly Dope Tour". Vintage Frames Company. June 13, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- "The Union". Union Events.com. September 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "I'm The One Official Video". YouTube. September 4, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
15. Hiphopdx http://hiphopdx.com/videos/id.25982/title.dxclusive-reema-major-spits-lyrical-bullets-in-ak47-video April 21st 2017