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Listen to Dremo's Hard-Hitting New Single 'Touchdown'

The DMW rapper comes through with the bars.

Dremo drops his latest track "Touchdown," a banging tune that sees the Nigerian artist flexing his rap skills.

The new single sees Dremo going in over a head-nodder beat as he raps about touching down across Atlanta and other cities to work on his upcoming EP, Codename Vol. 2, and do his thing at clubs. He also mentions that he'll be coming back to Nigeria once he finishes recording and that "Volume 2 bout to be a madness."


Dremo's previous EP, Codename Vol. 1, featured contributions from the likes of Davido, Mayorkun, Simi and Peruzzi with standout tracks like "KPA," "Dapada," and "Bigger Meat." The Nigerian rapper has released a few loose singles in 2019 like "Olotu" and "Mirror."

DMW label head Davido has been a busy man recently as he was spotted doing a surprise performance for Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre's wedding. He's also recently dropped collaborations with Sean Kingston & Tory Lanez, as well as with Russ.

Listen to Dremo's brand new single "Touchdown" below and look out for Codename, Vol. 2.

For more of the latest Nigerian hits follow our new NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here

Dremo - TouchDown ( Official audio ) youtu.be


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