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Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Burna Boy Is British GQ’s Hype For The Week
With his latest album, “
Twice As Tall
“, released last week,
waves and topping the charts around the
world, it’s safe to say
Burna Boy has outgrown his “African Giant” title.
Most recently he’s collaborated with
, but his catalogue
also includes songs with
, Dave, J Hus, Jorja Smith and
Damian Marley, to name a few. Last year, he featured on Beyoncé‘s
“The Lion King: The Gift“. For “Twice As Tall”, Sean
‘Diddy’ Combs serves as the executive producer of the album.
The “Ye” crooner is British GQ’s Hype for the week. In this issue, he’s
asking his listeners to find out where their own hearts truly belong,
his international collaborations and being unapologetically anti-racism.
Read excerpts from the interview:
On working from home on his album due to COVID-19 pandemic:
It’s been great for me, but I can’t say the same for everyone else.
I’ve spent it being creative, researching, finding out more
about myself, learning more about ancestors, trying to exercise
my mind and body.
On “Twice As Tall” resonating with the British audience
It’s because of uni culture. Before people such as Burna Boy
and J Hus blew up, about seven years ago, DJs such as Stamina and
DJ P Montana were throwing raves for 4,000, 5,000 people
and all they were playing was Nigerian and Ghanaian music
– straight up Afrobeats. The underground scene just kept on
getting bigger and bigger and evolved into what it is now.
I think it started way earlier than what people seem to think.
On collaborating with Jae5 on Twice As Tall’s “Bank On It”
The vibe was amazing. We got in the studio, they hotboxed the room
– I don’t even smoke, but it gets me intoxicated. I was like,
‘It’s the drugs,’ but it turned out to be way better than what
we were originally doing. It was natural. Randy was on the
keyboard, I was playing the bass and he was just vibing the
melody for an hour. It was just us jamming.
He kind of just freestyled the song within an hour… Expect Burna Boy
to be doing what Burna Boy does: educating and bringing the vibes
at the same time
August 18, 2020
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