This Side | Burna Boy x YG
When it comes to international/afrobeats artists collaborating with American mainstream acts (especially rappers), I get a little concerned. There’s a tendency to conform to the American acts by adapting to an “American sound” which usually makes the music suffer. So seeing this YG feature on the new Burna Boy, I was worried that Burna was about to be on the song claiming Blood. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Both artists were able to stick to their natural sound and still able to make a song that would likely be received well by both of their fan bases. The new album from Burna Boy, African Giant, is really a dope project. It’s one of those albums that you could listen to straight through without really feeling the urge to skip over songs. The timing of this release is also perfect with him just winning the best international act award at the BET Awards. Although it’s not a Grammy, it did just put him in the minds of many people that may not have been familiar before. I think he also just had a Breakfast Club appearance which should help as well. He’s already announced the tour for the album, and that might be a show worth seeing.