Burna Boy – OUTSIDE (2018)

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What's your favorite track on this slinky, simmering album?

Poll Results

Ph City Vibration 3
Calm Down 2
Ye 2
Sekkle Down (f. J Hus) 1
Heaven's Gate (f. Lily Allen) 1
More Life 0
Devil in California 0
Rock Your Body 0
Streets of Africa 0
Giddem 0
Koni Baje 0
Outside 0

rob, Saturday, 1 December 2018 15:27 (five months ago) Permalink

This has stuck with me all year and is now a contender for year's best thanks to Burna's laid-back charisma and how artful the production fuses dancehall, highlife, rap, and rnb.

Ph City was the immediate standout when I first heard this in January and it might still be the one, but there's a lot to love here. Thanks to Kanye plus some accidental SEO, Ye is probably the biggest hit (though Rock Your Body was pretty big in 2017 iirc). Both features are excellent--I don't have any Allen pro or con feelings, but even if you do she's incorporated well here. The title track is the least compelling, but sticking it on last minimizes the damage.

rob, Saturday, 1 December 2018 15:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Good album, although I was underwhelmed by him live .

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 December 2018 15:55 (five months ago) Permalink

heh I can imagine that. But I'm curious: what kind of set-up did he use? was this in DC? what venue?

rob, Saturday, 1 December 2018 15:58 (five months ago) Permalink

either Ye or Sekkle Down

galaxy brian (voodoo chili), Saturday, 1 December 2018 15:59 (five months ago) Permalink

I tend to think the first half is >>> the second, but Giddem's Dire Straits meet Sly and Robbie vibe really stood out on a recent listen

rob, Saturday, 1 December 2018 16:06 (five months ago) Permalink

the only ye I recognise

single bed mentality (||||||||), Saturday, 1 December 2018 16:17 (five months ago) Permalink

definitely the best Kanye-related news of 2018

rob, Saturday, 1 December 2018 16:22 (five months ago) Permalink

I saw Burna Boy at the Howard Theatre in DC and he had a band plus used backing tracks at times. He didn’t seem that into performing the songs. He held the mic out to the crowd for more time than I have seen anyone do so. When I saw Yemi Alade there another time , she danced, sang, engaged the crowd. It was great. I saw Serge Beynaud live in Maryland once. Just he & dancers and backing tracks. But Serge was charismatic and the dancers were great, so that was better than Burns live too. I still like Burna Boy’s album though.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 December 2018 17:07 (five months ago) Permalink

One of the best albums of the year, for sure. It’s between “PH City Vibration” and “Ye” for me, I think (I’m not counting “Rock Your Body” - too familiar as a 2017 hit already). I also have a soft spot for “Streets of Africa”, annoying nursery rhyme and all.

The two pre-album tasters that didn’t make it to the album, “Gba” and “Deja Vu”, would have been contenders too.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:38 (five months ago) Permalink

btw rob, I know you know “Ye”’s popularity isn’t just to do with the Kanye factor: https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/some-nigerians-want-burna-boys-ye-to-be-the-national-anthem-id8438414.html

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:38 (five months ago) Permalink

Thanks for that link--I was def worried I was overstating the "ye" effect (kind of an occupational hazard as I've been researching the effect of algorithmic recommendations on culture), but tbh I wasn't exactly sure what accounted for that being such a breakout hit.

I find Streets charmingly goofy as well. I can't remember if I've heard "Gba" or "Deja Vu" (will do so shortly) but follow-up single "Gbona" deserves mention here--it could have been added seamlessly.

rob, Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:44 (five months ago) Permalink

For me it's probably something like 1) Ph City 2) Ye 3) Koni Baje. 4) Rock your Body. 5) Lily Allen. I don't really listen to the others.

Nabozo, Sunday, 2 December 2018 19:13 (five months ago) Permalink

xp There’s also current hit “On The Low”. I felt it was a step down from “Gbona” at first, but I’ve fallen for it hard this weekend.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 December 2018 20:03 (five months ago) Permalink

gbona is amazing... i love how supple his beats are

J0rdan S., Sunday, 2 December 2018 22:08 (five months ago) Permalink

ph city insane also

J0rdan S., Sunday, 2 December 2018 22:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Voting calm down because it hasn't been mentioned yet and I love it

just sayin, Sunday, 2 December 2018 22:44 (five months ago) Permalink

Calm Down is awesome, probably the biggest surprise production-wise on first listen, somehow there's a lot going on while it also being really elegant (<-- maybe applies to the whole album). I should look up the credits for this

rob, Monday, 3 December 2018 01:08 (five months ago) Permalink

also I assume "Outside" won't get a vote but I love that closing couplet

rob, Monday, 3 December 2018 01:11 (five months ago) Permalink

this is my aoty and Calm Down is easily my most listened to song since whenever this released. not a song on here i dont like. easy album to get lost in.

Spottie, Monday, 3 December 2018 02:58 (five months ago) Permalink

calm down kinda reminds me of right side of my brain off of love vs money. predominant layered vocals being used to create something really immersive, and def both standout outliers on their respective albums.

Spottie, Monday, 3 December 2018 03:04 (five months ago) Permalink

the kinda mournful sax on "rock your body" is so dope

J0rdan S., Monday, 3 December 2018 05:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Went with ye cause it’s undeniable, but the whole thing is good, yes.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 3 December 2018 07:28 (five months ago) Permalink

“Calm Down” was produced by Jae5, just like “Sekkle Down” with J Hus (obviously).

xps to rob

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 December 2018 08:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:01 (five months ago) Permalink

voted Ph City since it grabbed me earliest

rob, Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Ph City is amazing but the one I've played most is the Lily Allen one so that

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:51 (five months ago) Permalink

I love that one

Spottie, Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 7 December 2018 00:01 (five months ago) Permalink

Meant to make up my mind about this yesterday, but then I forgot. Would very likely have voted for “PH City” as well, so it wouldn’t have affected the result.

Does this mean we now know ILM has a core of 12/13 Afropop aficionados, or is there a higher ceiling?

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 December 2018 08:37 (five months ago) Permalink

that sounds about right. There are a few people who post to the rolling thread but didn't here (ufo, kreuzer 2, sean gramophone). I'm curious if deej or Matt DC are into this one?

rob, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:19 (five months ago) Permalink

i’ve still only heard individual singles from this but thanks for making a thread y’all, i’m gonna finally check it out today

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 7 December 2018 13:28 (five months ago) Permalink

it didn't click for me when i gave it a listen earlier in the year but i'll give it another try seeing all the enthusiasm for it here

ufo, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:32 (five months ago) Permalink

real curious to hear yall's thoughts

rob, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:42 (five months ago) Permalink

quite a few more listens later and i can confirm it's pretty good! jae5 has to be one of my favourite producers in the world at the moment between all of his work with j hus and the tracks he produced on this, and "calm down" is definitely my favourite track on this - those "do-do-doos" are sublime

ufo, Sunday, 16 December 2018 10:47 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

New Burna single, “Dangote”:
(produced by Kel P, just like “Gbona” and “On The Low”)

I also like “My Baby”, his track on the new R2Bees album:

...and this Afro-dancehall track:

Oritse Femi ft. Burna Boy & Konshens • Play Am

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 17:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Dangote is really nice! I listened to Play Am the other day and didn't care for it, but now I can't remember why

rob, Saturday, 2 March 2019 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah "dangote" is great

ufo, Sunday, 3 March 2019 02:49 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Video for “Dangote”:

Read all about it.

breastcrawl, Friday, 22 March 2019 08:13 (two months ago) Permalink

...and a brand new EP with US producer duo DJDS, out today:


breastcrawl, Friday, 22 March 2019 08:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Hm I only really liked "Darko" off that. The first two tracks are generic/dark, and "Thuggin" could grow on me, but it doesn't exactly alleviate the sluggish feeling of those openers

rob, Friday, 22 March 2019 13:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I wasn’t feeling that at all on a first listen.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 22 March 2019 16:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Same here - and a few listens in already.

I think I would be a lot more interested in US/UK/etc (r&b/rap) artists working with African producers. (I think Legendury Beatz have done some work in the UK, but instead of bringing something new to the table they have played it very safe in order to blend in iirc)

breastcrawl, Friday, 22 March 2019 16:55 (two months ago) Permalink

(instead of the other way around, if that wasn’t clear)

breastcrawl, Friday, 22 March 2019 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah I agree with that--Burna's not bad on it or anything but the gloomy setting makes him sound like an off-brand Future. I listened to Dangote afterwards and the production with the guitars and sax was immediately so much more appealing

rob, Friday, 22 March 2019 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

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