Top Burna Boy albums listed in order of classics
These are the top Burna Boy albums listed in order of classics
His impressive repertoire includes “L.I.F.E (Leaving an Impact For Eternity),” “On A Spaceship (2015),” and “Outside,” the 2018 album that helped him get recognition on the global stage.
When great artists are discussed, their albums are the talking points, and Burna has surely given us great projects to talk about. Here, we rank his studio albums, from least favourite to most preferred.
On a Spaceship (2015)
In 2014, Burna Boy left Aristokrat Records, which was home to LeriQ, who had produced the entirety of Burna Boy’s debut album.
Following the months after his departure and without LeriQ’s direction, Burna Boy turned to pop bangers, and he did a bit well.
“On A Spaceship” is a good album, no doubt. Heavy with hits like “Soke” and “Rizzla,” the album packed impressive features like Wande Coal, A.K.A, Wizkid, Flavour, and Phyno.
There’s something poetically satisfying about a good first album. When the artist goes on to become great, the first work is pulled and idealized, that fixed moment in time that is theirs, when it all started.
Burna Boy’s introduction to the Nigerian mainstream came through the smash Summer-themed hit, “Like To Party.”
Followed by “Tonight,” a Highlife spiced record, he’d begun to show that he was a special talent, and it was “L.I.F.E” which solidified his first shout.
Burna Boy made a good impression with his debut, boasting timeless songs like “Abeg Abeg” and “Run My Race.”
Twice As Tall (2020)
This album, which was more of a Grammy campaign than it was a cultural reset, came in 2020 just after Burna Boy had failed to secure a win at the Grammys.
“Twice As Tall” is a beautiful body of work when you consider its message and purpose. With heavy-hitters like “Wonderful,” “Monsters You Made” and “23,” there was no way he could’ve fumbled this one, though.
African Giant (2019)
In early 2019, Burna Boy, who’d been on the lineup for the Coachella, requested his name be made bolder.
According to the 29-year-old, he was an African Giant, and wouldn’t take the disrespect. He went on to perform at the event some months later, but his outburst endeared him to lots of people who were aligned with his pan-African consciousness. By the time we knew what was happening, Burna Boy had announced an album on the way. The title? African Giant.
“African Giant” is one of the great albums of its time. Burna Boy was on a mesmerizing run with singles like “On The Low,” “Gbona,” “Dangote,” “Killin’ Dem,” and “Anybody.”
When the album was released in July 2019, international stars like M.anifest, Jorja Smith, and Damian Marley joined him in his celebratory lap. He also got a coveted verse from the legendary Benenise singer Angeliqué Kidjo whose Grammy win in the World Music Category she dedicated to a fellow nominee: Burna Boy.
Something happened in June 2018: A number of Kanye West listeners stumbled on a Burna Boy song (“Ye”) while searching for the new album from the maverick rapper and producer.
Although the song was already big in Nigeria, international exposure meant more acclaim for Burna Boy, who’d released “Outside” in January 2018.
As Burna Boy’s crossover began, more listeners were led by the music to check out his then-latest album, and they loved it!
A classic album that his fanbase is named after, its 13 songs are all fantastic records. From the autobiographical direction of “City Vibration,” Burna Boy’s ode to PH City, to “Sekkle Down” and “Heaven’s Gate” where he teamed up with UK artists J Hus and Lily Allen to deliver bouncy excitable records which flexed his knack for melody and lyricism.