Amidst an unprecedented rise in his influence over global rap music, Afro Rap superstar Burna Boy, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu MFR, has become the first rap artist of African descent to shut down a UK stadium.
Performing as part of his ‘Love, Damini’ tour, which arrives after the release of his top-selling sixth studio album “Love Damini”, Boy sold out the 80,000-capacity London stadium and performed some of his most influential rap records and an unreleased single with J Hus.
The hard-hitting emcee linked up with Hus and performed the latter’s unreleased rap record “Toxic Acid Children” from his upcoming third LP “Don’t Say Militancy”. Besides the highly anticipated rap record, Boy performed 33 records across four live well-curated acts – “Welcome”, “Sexy Section”, “Bring It Down” and “Let’s Party”.
Across the four acts, Burna performed some of his most influential Afro-rap hits with his distinct blend of Afrobeats with pop, dancehall, hip-hop and R&B influences.
The set list included his towering rap records including “Gbona/Odogwu”, “Don Gorgon”, “Yawa Dey”, “Toni-Ann Singh” with Popcaan, “Location/Onyeka” with Dave, “For My Hand”, “Killin Dem”, “Mera Na”, “Ye” and “Last Last”.
Further, Burna gave the legendary Punjabi emcee Sidhu Moose Wala a sprawling tribute and performed Moosa’a third posthumous single with “The Playlist” superproducer Steel Banglez “Mera Na”. Check it out below.
In May, Burna Boy performed with African Hip-Hop and Pop superstars Rema, Wizkid, African Dancehall artist Beenie Man and emerging Hip-Hop emcees CKay, BNXN, Dadju and Black Sherif. Franglish, Nelson Freitas, Gyakie and Nissi at the Afro Nation Festival in Miami.
Notably, Burna Boy released a new body of work right after his London live set. Titled “Sittin’ On Top of The World”, is produced by Afro-rap superproducer Skread and arrives alongside a hard-hitting set of visuals which portray the African emcee’s extraordinary tour life and his far-reaching influence over global rap music.
Watch it here.
Listen to Burna Boy’s affecting rap album ‘Love, Damini’ and his recent single ‘Sittin’ On Top of The World’ here if you haven’t yet.