Grammy-winning Nigerian music sensation, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has candidly revealed his frustrations with the perception held by many Nigerians that he is inferior to American artists. Burna Boy lamented that due to his distinct speaking style, a significant portion of his fellow Nigerians erroneously place him beneath American musicians in terms of artistic stature.
In an exclusive interview with the Los Angeles Times, the self-proclaimed ‘African Giant’ shed light on the misconceptions he faces. He articulated that his forthcoming album, aptly titled “I Told Them…,” serves as a defiant response to critics who have consistently attempted to undermine his achievements, both at the start of his career and even now.
Burna Boy stated, “Even today, there are numerous Nigerians who can readily name an American rapper who has recently entered the music scene and assert that they are more prominent than Burna Boy. It’s perplexing to them. They’ll argue, ‘It’s inconceivable for someone who communicates like me to even remotely stand on par with an American artist.’”
His forthcoming album seems poised to address and challenge these preconceived notions, reflecting his resilience and commitment to proving his detractors wrong. Burna Boy’s determination to break down these barriers and stand shoulder to shoulder with his international peers is evident in his artistic journey and creative expression.