here comes the AFRICAN GIANT / Burna Boy (2019)

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What's your favorite track on this afropop masterpiece?

Poll Results

Anybody 7
Killin Dem (f. Zlatan) 2
Secret (f. Jeremih & Serani) 2
On the Low 2
Blak Ryno (Skit) 1
Dangote 1
Gum Body (f. Jorja Smith) 1
Pull Up 1
African Giant 0
Gbona 0
Show & Tell (f. Future) 0
This Side (f. YG) 0
Different (f. Damian Marley & Angelique Kidjo) 0
Destiny 0
Another Story (f. M.anifest) 0
Collateral Damage 0
Omo 0
Wetin Man Go Do 0
Spiritual 0

rob, Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:46 (seven months ago) link

This album deserves its own thread, plus I'm genuinely curious what will win here--I have no idea what I'll be voting for.

rob, Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:48 (seven months ago) link

too hard. AotY

tony blair electric chair (||||||||), Sunday, 1 December 2019 16:15 (seven months ago) link

otm x2

rob, Sunday, 1 December 2019 16:21 (seven months ago) link

"on the low" is still my favourite

ufo, Monday, 2 December 2019 00:07 (seven months ago) link

impossible, but my gut is leaning towards the obvious here (anybody)

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Monday, 2 December 2019 00:10 (seven months ago) link

Probably not voting for it but I was surprised no one mentioned Destiny in the other thread

Heez, Monday, 2 December 2019 01:07 (seven months ago) link

gotta go with 'anybody'

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Monday, 2 December 2019 05:56 (seven months ago) link

Anybody is pretty undeniable. A few months ago Secret would have been my immediate choice. Tempted by Dangote and after the npr tiny desk thing I have Wetin Man Go Do stuck in my head bad

rob, Monday, 2 December 2019 14:11 (seven months ago) link

anybody is my real answer but i’m voting for gum body

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 2 December 2019 14:13 (seven months ago) link

this whole album is fantastic, but anybody is the best song of the year.

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:56 (seven months ago) link

next five after nobody something like this

gum body
killen dem
pull up

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Monday, 2 December 2019 23:48 (seven months ago) link

title track is dope too

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Monday, 2 December 2019 23:51 (seven months ago) link

Jorja Smith f. Burna “Be Honest” has really grown on me too

rob, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 02:22 (seven months ago) link

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 16:01 (seven months ago) link

every time one of these tracks comes up on my playlist it's the best track, "Gum Body" takes some beating but then yeah the title track

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 December 2019 16:01 (seven months ago) link

on the low is one of my favs still

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:15 (seven months ago) link

The real answer is Gbona but it came out so much time before the album that it feels previously released (that's the digital age for you), so as a 2019 release I would still say the one with which I discovered the album, namely Killin Dem, because it begins so raw and grows so hypnotic. But I don't disagree with my fellow voters, there are many highlights in these 19 tracks.

Nabozo, Sunday, 8 December 2019 16:09 (seven months ago) link

I voted for Anybody, but this is easily my album of the year.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 8 December 2019 19:00 (seven months ago) link

between this and kehlani's for me

tony blair electric chair (||||||||), Monday, 9 December 2019 22:48 (seven months ago) link

voted for Dangote as it sounds like Anybody is sure to win and I love getting the Dangote lyrics (or my fucked up mental approximation of them) in my head

rob, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 14:07 (seven months ago) link

I learnt at work yesterday that Dangote is a Nigerian company that sold everything from groceries and clothing to now moving to cement and oil production in the Delta, and that mister Dangote is now the richest man in Africa.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:38 (seven months ago) link

Their commercials are all over CNN!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:57 (seven months ago) link

dangote is my favourite too

tony blair electric chair (||||||||), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 20:21 (seven months ago) link

Voting deadline fast approaching and I still haven’t made up my mind.

I was lucky enough to see Burna live in Amsterdam in October (in the biggest venue for an Afropop act so far) and can confirm: literally all of these tracks are anthems. The crowd lapped it up, and he was all smiles all the time. Nothing Tiny Desk about it at all!

So I’m more or less following Nabozo’s reasoning: “Gbona” and “On The Low” (no matter how gigantic they are still) are out, they were 2018 EOY material. So another one of the 9 (!) tracks that have had the video treatment so far? “Anybody”, “Gum Body”, and yes!!!! “Killin Dem” (again, yes!!!) are all worthy. And then there’s “Spiritual”, still my favourite of the deep cuts.

Still some time left...

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:04 (six months ago) link

(and yes, AOTY, no question)

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:05 (six months ago) link

voted Anybody but so many of these tracks are better than a lot of other stuff i was into this year.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:36 (six months ago) link

Spiritual is awesome. I might have already said this on the other thread, but I love how Outside ends with that line about his mother worrying about him ending up like Vybz Kartel, and then this one ends with a clip of her accepting a BET award for him

rob, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:47 (six months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:01 (six months ago) link

was just getting into this and he drops a history lesson :D

wasn't sure about the first few tracks but there's a shift in mood to something more melancholy and rounded about 1/3 of the way in ('gum body' might be that moment), and i really dig the more guitar-led stuff

imago, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:16 (six months ago) link

it is a little funny to have learned about Unilever's colonial history from this album

rob, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:20 (six months ago) link

it sort of feels like he had to frontload a few more conventional bangers before getting into the deeper message of what he wanted to say - is this a fair criticism? maybe it's just taken a few tracks for me to get in the mood lol

imago, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:23 (six months ago) link

I'd be a little surprised if that impression continued for multiple listens, if for no other reason than Anybody seems close to the consensus favorite around here. Also, Wetin Man Go Do has that same vibe if I'm understanding your take. For me this album is 100% killer with one exception: "This Side" and only because of YG).

Agreed on the guitar though--I've been idly thinking about starting a thread for guitar in contemporary non-rock production. I feel like a surprisingly large number of my favorite tracks this year have guitar in them. Part of it is the highlife/afrobeat legacy resurfacing in Nigerian and Nigerian-influenced stuff, but it's still remarkable imo

rob, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:30 (six months ago) link

yeah start that thread! there's some really lovely work here.

oh look here's future, guess the spell's broken ;)

based on almost the whole album, will vote for one of the tracks in that run from 'gum body', or 'different'

imago, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:35 (six months ago) link

Yes to the highlife-y guitar, it's integrated so beautifully, production-wise. Always makes me happy cos I love that sound.

a very powerful woman in the dog world (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:42 (six months ago) link

yeah i'm voting 'secret', that song is magical

imago, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:02 (six months ago) link

but 'different' was a close second

imago, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:03 (six months ago) link

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

System, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 00:01 (six months ago) link

<3 whoever voted for Blak Ryno

rob, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 13:38 (six months ago) link

Those are not the results I saw in my dream last night! There every song had received at least one vote, though I can’t tell you who came out on top. Voted for “Killin Dem” in the end myself.

Now treat yourselves to the Wizkid EP perhaps? It has Kel-P, and guitars!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:25 (six months ago) link

More Burna, more Kel-P, plus de... Dadju:
“Donne moi l’accord”

breastcrawl, Monday, 23 December 2019 21:27 (six months ago) link

I wasn’t aware of this afrobeat track, from Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack that came out last month:
Burna Boy • My Money, My Baby

But in somewhat bigger news: a brand new single for Christmas with a distinctly different sound:
Burna Boy • Money Play

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 22:53 (six months ago) link

dig all three of these.

championship winning vibration (Spottie), Friday, 27 December 2019 03:41 (six months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Video #10 is for “Secret”:

Dedicating it to longneck.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:00 (five months ago) link

||||||||, Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:58 (five months ago) link

^^^ oh hey i coengine33red this song! recorded b3urna's ho3ok a cpl months ago. happy to see it released so soon

lumen (esby), Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:48 (five months ago) link

This song is apparently a month old but I only heard it today. It's an absolute banger.

Nappy & Burna Boy - Aye

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:22 (five months ago) link

that's awesome, esby, good work!


love the nappy track. such a bop - burna can do no wrong rn

||||||||, Monday, 3 February 2020 21:53 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hardly any discussion here about the “Money Play” single Burna dropped last Xmas. It has definitely grown on me, but it still feels like a bit of a hiccup in his imperial phase.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:29 (four months ago) link

Anyway, I made a pseudo-pan-African-pop/not-pop playlist for the rolling afro 2020 thread and all Afro-adjacent threads, generously defined. It’s already 108 tracks deep, so enjoy!

ILM rolling✳️all-inclusive✳️afro 2020

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:30 (four months ago) link

Follow-up question to two posts above: and what about this brand new one? Back with Kel-P, but look ma, no horns!
Burna Boy • Odogwu

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 February 2020 06:02 (four months ago) link

not really feeling this one too much, it's a bit too low-key and repetitive

ufo, Friday, 28 February 2020 06:30 (four months ago) link

It’s definitely looking like he wants to make a clean break with that trademark Kel-P sound. Maybe he feels it’s time for something new now that Wizkid has adopted it for his SoundMan project?

Check the Rolling Afro thread for more Kel-P vibes!

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 February 2020 06:59 (four months ago) link

money play is great odugwu is filler

Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Friday, 28 February 2020 16:53 (four months ago) link

I think I agree. Money Play sounds awesome in the mix. Odugwu sounds alright, but might grow on me.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 28 February 2020 17:29 (four months ago) link

I really love the bass and drums on Odogwu, though I can see wanting it to be a more dramatic

rob, Sunday, 1 March 2020 15:48 (four months ago) link

||||||||, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 20:45 (four months ago) link

^^2Baba ft. Burna Boy • We Must Groove

(from the new 2Baba album)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 22:08 (four months ago) link



— rachel seville tashjian (@theprophetpizza) March 4, 2020

nxd, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 15:48 (four months ago) link

Video for "Odogwu":

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:39 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

first single from new album Twice As Tall out 'this summer' !!!

ufo, Thursday, 25 June 2020 23:38 (two weeks ago) link

“Wonderful” is no lie. I love love this new sound. His voice sounds great, the beat and the production are fantastic, the guitar flourishes are ace. I wasn’t aware of producer Telz, but I see he also did a track on prettyboydo’s excellent new EP.

With hindsight, Burna has guided us into this new era expertly with those two palate cleansing singles in December and February. He could have easily stuck with that modern-classic Kel-P sound, but I approve of this development.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 June 2020 11:11 (two weeks ago) link

Great song and super exciting news!

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 26 June 2020 12:23 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I'll be curious--maybe a little surprised--to see if Odogwu and Money Play aren't included on this. It would definitely be impressive to have three really distinct albums out in just a few years

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 26 June 2020 12:25 (two weeks ago) link

video for “Wonderful”:

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 00:00 (one week ago) link

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