African music king, Burna Boy has spoken about his music career in an interview with GQ Magazine, the singer explained that he climbed ladder of fame without anyone’s help while others used an elevator instead. Burna reiterated that he didn’t make a mistake when he stated that he’s the greatest after legendary music star Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The singer explained that Fela Anikulapo Kuti has always been a source of inspiration for him and his style of song. Burna sings primarily with the Yoruba and Pidgin English. This has created a restriction to the acceptance of Burna Boy’s song in the face of Western communities. However, the singer disclosed during the chat with GQ Magazine that he has found peace in his indigenous style of singing.
While many other music stars brags and take pride in their songs top the chart of billboards, having highest streams and sales, Burna takes his own pride in the number of people who are able to decode the code of the message in his songs.
Quoting his words;
“I don’t really have a high regard for numbers, because numbers have no feelings, they have no soul, whereas I do,” he explains. “My ‘numbers’ is the people who have actually felt the feeling that the music is supposed to carry across and in the process received the message.”
When he was asked about how he came this far in the music industry, Burna Boy revealed that he paid his dues through hard work and delligence. In his words “Unlike a lot of other people, I’ve had to go through never-ending steps to get here, whereas other people have taken the elevator up.”
He was asked about himself being compared to Fela Anikulapo or rated above Fela, Bunna Boy said no one in their right senses will compare him with Fela. Quoting Burna Boy’s word “I don’t think anybody in their right mind would compare me to Fela. Fela is my inspiration and my childhood hero, so if you think comparing me to Fela is honorable, it’s actually not. It actually makes me feel weird. Fela was Fela, and if it wasn’t for Fela, there probably wouldn’t be any me, so I don’t understand the comparison.”