Burna Boy Essentials

Burna Boy Essentials

Burna Boy, grandson of music critic Benson Idonje, has music in his blood. He juggles Afrobeats and R&B with seeming ease—2012's single “Like to Party” is a synth-laden track that melds soulful singing with bright, punchy beats. The pounding bass and catchy refrains of his dancehall-influenced music show that the rapper has a talent for finding earworm melodies. Despite this skill, he hasn't gotten stuck on one formulaic style—he adds downtempo pop to 2018's “Ye” and Latin salsa instrumentals to the 2017 single “Deja Vu", exploring the full range of his dynamic, beat-forward club tracks.

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