Show promoter Cubana Chief Priest has warned Burna Boy that it will be a “stupid mistake” to fight Ceeza Milli after Burna threatened the songwriter for stating that he wrote his hit song “On The Low”.
Ceeza Milli said during a radio interview that he has written for Burna Boy. When asked which song he wrote for Burna, Ceeza replied, “On The Low.”
This angered Burna Boy and he took to Twitter to threaten Ceeza, writing: ” Just pray that coronavirus catches you before I do cuz you know what it is when I catch you.”
Ceeza Milli reacted to Burna’s denial by stating that he “vibed about 50 to 60 percent” of the song.
He added: “I had heard the beat by Kel P and vibed the into of the song on my phone.”
He continued: “We went through the process and recorded the song. Without a doubt, Burna changed some words in the vibes I laid out for him… A song that you vibed about 50 to 60 percent of, will you be wrong to express that you wrote it?”
Well, Cubana waded into the drama by warning Burna to back out of fighting Ceeza.
@burnaboygram There Is Nothing Wrong In SomeOne Shining From Your Glory, Fighting @ceezamilli Will Be Be Another Stupid Mistake Just Like That Of @mr.2kay Which Caused You So Much Stress, The World Now Is Suffering So Much Pain, Panic, Grief N Fear, What I Learnt From It All Is That Love Conquers All, We All Need To Preach Love Not War N Violence, At This Point What You Need To Do Is To Grow People With Your African Giant Platform, Na Person @davidoofficial Grow That @peruzzi_vibes Wey You Admit Say E Dey Write Song For You, We Need To See Your Offsprings Burna, You Are Too Great Your Glory Is Too Big For You Alone, These New Dude’s Needs To Shine, Abeg Support Them, Free Them, Forgive Them N Give Them Chance. Happy New Month
Eedris Abdulkareem is one of the artists who were stars of the Channel O era.
The rapper says Burna Boy stole from Fela to become who he is.
Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem has asked Burna Boy to apologise to the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti for ‘stealing’ his songs to hit the limelight.
Recently, Burna Boy was in the news for making some controversial comments that caused a stir on social media.
He said no musician paved way for his success in the music industry, adding that he has single-handedly brought Afrobeat genre to the mainstream where it currently enjoys western recognition.
The singer also declared himself the best in the industry, saying, “Everyone you think is the best KNOWS I’m BEST since Fela Kuti.”Burna Boy’s album ‘African Giant’ was released on July 26, 2019 [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]Instagram/Burna Boy
Burna Boy’s claims stirred social media reactions as some disagreed with him, while others believed he has done well enough to declare himself the best in the Nigerian music industry.
But while sharing his opinion on the matter, Eedris Abdulkareem asked the Afropop singer to apologise for ‘stealing Fela’s songs to become famous.
In a video clip making the rounds on social media, the rapper said Burna Boy should apologise because Fela made it happen for him.
He said, “Burna Boy needs to apologize. At least, Fela made it happen for you. And you stole from Fela’s songs to become who you are. “You stole from Afrobeat to become who you are, even though Fela’s songs are strictly about messages that add value to the lives of people.”
On February 19, 2020, Burna Boy lost the Best Male International at BRIT Award 2020 to Grammy-winning American rapper, Tyler The Creator.
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E.Burna Boy took to social media to flaunt the Platinum Plaque given to him by Stormy for his feature in the track, ‘Own It’. This is coming after the singer lost out in the Best International Act category to American rapper, Tyler The Creator at the 2020 BRIT awards and also loosing out on the Grammy award to Angelique Kidjo.
While backstage at the event, Stormzy was filmed handing over the Platinum plaque to Burna Boy. Taking to his official social media page, Burna Boy shared pictures of his plaque and certificate, revealing that over 600,000 copies of the single have been sold in the UK as at 3rd February, 2020.
On-air personality, Shade Ladipo has schooled Burna Boy and his fans on why he missed out on the prestigious Grammy award to Angelique Kidjo at 62nd edition of the Grammy Awards.
Shade believes Burna Boy lacked the technical requisite required to win the award, arguing that it takes more than one album and a major tour worldwide to gain much recognition in that regard.
“#MyFellowHumansIt’s been a minute but I had to just drop this video real quickFor the Burna Boy fans who claim he has been cheated, pls know your history, know your musicBurna is a great artiste but it takes more than 1 Album and 2 years of Faux touring the US to become the standard for World Music#ImJustSaying#AllLove”
Burna Boy’s and Zlatan’s ‘Killin’ Dem’ and Naira Marley’s ‘Opotoyi’ are the songs picked alongside songs by Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Koffee, Freddie Gibbs and others.
Burna Boy performs anybody on VEVO Ctrl. (YouTube/BurnaBoy)
On December 12, 2019, Nigerian superstars, Burna Boy, Zlatan Ibile and Naira Marley were announced as featured artists on the Grand Theft Auto 5 Soundtrack.
The songs featured are ‘Killing Dem‘ by Burna Boy and Zlatan Ibile and ‘Opotoyi’by Naira Marley are the two songs featured on the 24-track album. Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Koffee, Freddie Gibbs and others.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is the fifth installment of the popular video game series.
From the reports coming in, it appears Burna Boy will be not going to South Africa for his planned show.
There are reports that Burna Boy’s planned show in South Africa has been cancelled.
According to South Africa’s media house, Timeslive, the organisers decided to cancel the show because of the outrage it had created. It also reports that the organisers of the show talked with Burna Boy’s management and decided to withdraw him from the concert and cancel his show.
“The decision to cancel the Africans Unite Concert comes after the call from the Tshwane Entertainment Collective to boycott the Africans Unite concert in Tshwane. With the increasing threats of violence from other unfortunate segments of the public and without any government intervention, Phambili Media and Play Network Africa were prompted to take the threats and warnings seriously, as the safety of all artists and attendees could not be guaranteed. We then decided to cancel the concert. The safety of all attendees, artists, and crew comes first,” the statement reads.
There are reports that Burna Boy’s planned show in South Africa has been cancelled.[Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]
They said the decision to cancel the shows came after warnings of a shutdown from a group of artists and event organisers under the umbrella of Tshwane Entertainment Collective.
Burna Boy and AKA when the going was good. (1st News)
It would be recalled that South African rapper, AKA had demanded an apology from Burna Boy over his comments about the xenophobic attacks melted on Nigerians, before stepping into the country. Burna Boy dragged the South African rapper in his tweets months ago during the xenophobic attacks in the country. He went as far as vowing not to step into the country.
Burna Boy’s now-famous tweets…
In a series of tweets, Burna Boy took direct shots at AKA for his stand on the Xenophobic attacks on Nigeria in South Africa. (Instagram/TheBreakfastClub)
In a series of tweets, Burna Boy took direct shots at AKA for his stand on the Xenophobic attacks on Nigeria in South Africa. On Tuesday night, September 3, 2019, Burna Boy took over his Twitter account, which has been handled by his management for the last three months to air his views about the raging Xenophobic attacks.
In one of his several tweets, Burna Boy threatened to ‘deal’ with the South African rapper when next their paths crossed.
Burna Boy has threatened to deal with AKA if and whenever the get to see.
He wrote, “And @akaworldwide I knew you was retarded but I didn’t know it had gotten this bad. Next time I see you you better have a big security bro, On Gambos Grave ur gunna need it.”
The ‘African Giant’ further narrated how he suffered Xenophobic attack in 2017 and had since refused to return to the Nelson Mandela country.
In a series of tweets, Burna Boy took direct shots at AKA for his stand on the Xenophobic attacks on Nigeria in South Africa
“I personally have had my own xenophobic experiences at the hands of South Africans and because of that…..I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this,” he wrote.
The BET 2019 award-winning music act also warned rapper, MI Abaga to desist from his seeming support for AKA or lose his respect. [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]
The BET 2019 award-winning music act also warned rapper, MI Abaga to desist from his seeming support for AKA or lose his respect.
In 2019, we have arguably not seen more than seven hits. We also need to understand that all hits are successful songs, but not all successful songs are hits.
It’s been a mixed year in Nigerian music. ‘Afrobeats to the world’ has gathered pace. Burna Boy leads the charge with a media charm offensive that no African artist has received in decades. Nigerian artists are getting paid in foreign currency as they sell out shows.
Wizkid, Naira Marley, Fireboy thrill the O2 Arena in London. (Twitter/MusicGuide)
They are also getting features by heavyweights of various industries. But then, something has been lacking in Nigerian music; ‘Hits’. Don’t get it twisted, we have still had hits, but if we had a soundscan system or an adequate medium to measure songs by, 2019 will go down in Nigerian music as arguably the year with the lowest rate of hits.
If we are being honest, Nigerian music has not seen more than seven genuine hits in 2019 so far. Sadly, two of those songs were released in December 2018.
The genuine hits that we can genuinely get behind in Nigeria are; ‘Killin Dem‘ by Burna Boy and Zlatan, ‘Jealous‘ by Fireboy, ‘Dumebi’ by Rema, ‘Blow My Mind‘ by Davido, ‘Soapy’ and ‘Opotoyi‘ by Naira Marley and ‘Dangote’ by Burna Boy.ADVERTISING
They are the songs that have had true staying power with a larger demographic and permeated a large percentage of the generation that determines social trends. This generation is Nigerians between 16 and 37. But due to how we have no trustworthy rating system in Nigeria, what is deemed a ‘hit’ is of as flexible connotation as what is deemed a ‘classic’ or who is deemed an ‘OG.’
But then, a hit is what is undeniable by anybody that truly matters. It will not be about likeness or otherwise – the song will find you. But sadly, most times people conflate what they like and what is popular with what is a hit. Thus, some will dispute this assertion and say that we have had a lot of hits this year, but that will be a lie.
Before we get into the argument of what is or what isn’t a hit, the fact is that anybody with an empirical sense to truly judge Nigerian music will understand that hits have been scarce.
Why have hits been scarce in Nigerian music?
A few months ago, Michael’s blog used Burna Boyas a focal point to examine the change of guard in Nigerian music. It is a sensitive time in Nigerian music – the industry is going through an evolution of acts and sound.
Its the most aggressive evolution Nigerian music has seen since 2010 which brings the current most successful generation which includes Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy and Olamide. That era was also the golden era of Nigerian Hip-Hop by success and discography. The sound also evolved at the time with mainstays like Tuface and D’Banj initially struggling to keep up.ADVERTISING
Now, the same thing is going on, but it’s made worse by the digital age during which the audience is more exposed than ever. A member of the audience can access music from the world and his ears have become selective. Equally until 2018, the sounds that brought our hits were recycled versions of other popular sounds over the 10 years preceding that.
But now, the audience is fed up. The industry isn’t just going through an aggressive change of guard, the sound is also going through an evolution. It’s the first time in a while that there’s no one formula to craft a hit song. Nobody knows what’s going to be good.
Sometimes, the song is good, but it just won’t ‘enter.’ By mid-2020, the turbulence should settle for more hits. But for now, listeners don’t know what they want, they’re attracted to nothing, anything and everything. Thus, it’s hard for acts to truly crack it. It is the gbas gbos in real time and nobody has the answers.
To address the argument that we have had a lot of hits…
What is a hit in Nigeria?
First off, it is hard to measure a hit in Nigeria. We don’t have a veritable system that accesses sales and inversion of songs into the mainstream to collate results. Thus, it is left for us to determine what is a hit and what is not. Sadly, people usually conflate what they like and what is popular with what is a hit.
What is popular can be hit, but heavy radio rotation is not a reflection of request from fans. It represents OAPs flexing their influence to make a song ‘blow.’ This comes from the verifiable truth that when people hear something for a long time, they will like it. It has happened with many a Davido song.
The problem arises because we don’t have a system that we can trust to truly give us results. So, when we have arguments, both sides have persuasive points but with little evidence to truly mark themselves out. That is why a lot of Nigerians will argue that songs like ‘Joro‘ and ‘Ghetto Love‘ by Wizkid, ‘Risky’ by Davido, ‘Anybody’ by Burna Boy and ‘Reason With Me’ by Rudeboy are hits.
They are not hits. They are just popular and successful songs with healthy numbers. We need to stop conflating a ‘successful song’ with a ‘hit.’ All hits are successful songs, but not all successful songs are hits.
The issue of ‘numbers’
This brings us to the next point; numbers are no reflection of success or sometimes, even failure of a song. The greatest illusion in global music today is that numbers equate success. In truth, they can be an indication, but they can also paper the cracks of a flailing career till it suddenly goes up in flames.
A popular artist with a mega-following will always have healthy numbers. His songs are not going to fail while his fans are still loyal. Stan culture might be toxic, but it’s also built on loyalty. When an artist gets to a stage, healthy numbers are inevitable and radio will play them. Thus with them, it then becomes hard to truly measure what is successful song from what is a failure.
For example, ‘Dis Love’ by DJ Spinall featuring Wizkid and Tiwa Savage has 8.3 million views on YouTube as of today. It is not a even close to being a hit. In contrast, one of Nigeria’s biggest songs of 2019 is ‘Dumebi.‘ It has just 10 million views. Now is ‘Dis Love‘ is successful song? Oh yes. Is it a hit? No. Thus, all successful songs are not hits. Is ‘Dumebi’ a hit? Yes.
‘Dis Love‘ features Wizkid and Tiwa Savage – that is a default traffic puller. In this streaming age, superstars are like streaming magnets. When you feature them on your songs, the song gets a ‘star’ on Apple Music as a successful song.
Some will argue that if we go by my logic, nothing will be a hit because a ‘hit’ in say, America is based off sales (numbers) and plays for a song as measured by Nielsen Soundscan and certified by The Recording Industry Association of America. But then, in America, metrics are in place to certify that certain songs are truly successful beyond an artist’s fan base.
Thus, what is a hit is usually representative of the true state of the song, not just its acceptance at face value. That then brings us to the question of whether only truly successful songs can be hits.
There are grades to hits
Some songs are more successful and popular than others. Thus, in advanced industries like America, they have a chart where the success of songs can be graded. If Nigeria had a charting systems, songs like ‘Joro’ or ‘Ghetto Love’ will probably not be at the very top of charts, but they will be close.
Thus, there are grades to hits. However, if a song cannot truly permeate with the mainstream and have a staying power to constantly connote excitement beyond its maker’s fan base, it is unlikely to be in the class of genuine hits like ‘Killin Dem.‘ The problem is that what is a hit will be undeniable by anybody.
It will not be about whether they like it or not. The song will find them.
Do ‘hits’ matter?
But when you look at it, our current digital age suggests that hits are not material anymore. What matters is the success of a song. So, is it a good or bad thing? It is both. It is good because an artist doesn’t require a hit to make money. It is bad because it creates an illusion and people focus more on strategy than on making quality music.
Nigerian sensational singer, Burna Boy, on Tuesday refunded the hundred dollar ticket price to a fan who he noticed wasn’t vibing to his performance during his concert.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened during the Atlanta stop of his ‘African Giant’ tour on Tuesday.
In the viral video, while Burna Boy was performing, he noticed a fan standing in front standing still and not swaying to the music.He took a break from the energetic performance and called out the fan. Burna Boy went on to refund the hundred dollar ticket price to the fan.He also asked a bouncer to escort the fan out of the venue saying, “Your face is not encouraging.”
The event, recorded in a now-viral video, has since generated mixed reactions from fans of the ‘Anybody’ singer.While some applauded Burna Boy for correcting the negative vibe the fan put out, others chided the singer for humiliating a fan who came to enjoy the show.Here are some comments gathered from Twitter:
@Zaddy_nomso: “Not necessary though, some people might not want to dance as they don’t know how to.“But they paid and want to see him Perform. Not everyone will dance at your show, you just ignore and focus on the good energy from others.”@Kolatoye: “This is funny really. I feel, as a performer, people pay to watch you perform. People don’t pay to come and encourage or give you any kind of energy.
“If you are lucky and blessed to have fans that light up your fire and fan your flame beautiful otherwise focus on your performance.”@Dhlamini: “I’d be so embarrassed if I was the guy but at the same time, how can you not dance to Burna boy’s music?”@Aluchinago: “So is must that everyone must like his song, was he the only artist performing there? It’s not right biko”
@Lekipollo: ”And if Otedola or E-money did not dance at his show. He will give them their money back and call the security to take them out? Trash!”@BoombuzzNG: ”Lmaooooo!! Burna Boy certainly doesn’t want any bad energy close to him, come hard or go home!!!”@Chukwufunayam: “It’s okay to humiliate a human being because it’s Burna Boy? That’s poor showmanship but what do I know.”
@Nakel4rill: “Yes! Have you not seen rappers jump into the crowd to punch crazy fans and tell security to kick them out?”@Nigeriaplatech: “You can stay at the back though” front no for people wey get sense and wey dey positive”@Tonie: “Sharap, I’m a fan. But he was wrong! He already apologized tho.”
Things almost got out of hand on Twitter last night when Nigerian rap legend, MI Abaga attempted to justify SA rapper, AKA’s insensitive remarks on the ongoing xenophobic attacks.
Burna Boy who used to be a close friend of AKA quickly put him in his place and also warned MI to be careful.
MI has now responded to Burna Boy saying, ‘I love you and respect you too bro!! Today is such a sad day and it hurts.. somehow I hope we can come out of this with your dream of ‘one africa’ still alive’.
Stefflon Don has debunked claims of Burna Boy cheating on her and also dumping her for Gambian actress, Princess Shyngle.
Rumours were rife that Burna Boy had dumped the British-born Jamaican singer after reigniting his romance with Princess Shyngle who he allegedly started dating in 2018 but never really left. The reports were based on lyrics of some videos Stefflon Don has been sharing on her Insta-Story.
However reacting to the claims made, Stefflon Don stated that the videos are all old songs and shouldn’t be linked to any break-up. She further stated that she and her Nigerian superstar boyfriend, Burna Boy are good.