Burna Boy is one of Nigeria’s versatile artists, no matter the genre, he is sure to deliver his part; Which is why we compiled a list of his performances (Verses and hooks) on Rap songs.
Highlighting the Top performances Burna Boy gave on Rap Songs.
Not many people know this, Burna Boy started out as a rapper until he was convinced by his grandfather to switch to singing and what a good advice that was.
Burna Boy is renowned for his versality nad diverse sonic range. Burna Boy has never ceased stunning both his stans and neutrals with some eclectic melodies since his ascent to prominence in 2012. While some of those tracks are his own, he has made some for other musicians as a featured act.
While at some point his career was rift with scandals mostly caused by Burna’s headstrong behaviour, he found his footing in 2017 and has never looked back since then.
Now with more than an expansive discography, multiples international awards which includes the prestigious Grammy, Burna Boy has risen to be one Africa’s bankable artist.
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In no ranking order, here are some of Burna Boy best performances on Rap songs that he went far and beyond to deliver;
Own it- Stormzy ft ED Sheeran
Burna Boy’s part might not be major it is still powerful. His attention-grabbing voice manages to not get lost even with Stormzy and Ed Sheeran handling major verses.
To be honest, Burna Boy’s hook is definitely one of the main reasons this song was so popular in Dave’s home nation of England.
Burna Boy’s hook on “Location” is without a doubt one of his best. He demonstrated a deeper mastery of Afro-swing production and a deft delivery that only a few artists can display.
All Eyes on Me- AKA, DA L.E.S & JR
In 2014, Burna Boy was one of the non-south African artists dominating the South Africa music scene. Burna Boy was a Nigerian star about whom you would hear a lot if you travelled to South Africa at the time.
This song was one of the magical bangers he and AKA created before their messy beef in 2019. On this song, Burna Boy displayed incredible appetite from the first seconds through the hook that defined it.
Link Up- Phyno, M.I Abaga
This song was the moment when everyone who was paying attention realised Burna Boy was something special.
Burna boy was paired against two prolific rappers and yet killed his performance. Some might argue he surpassed Phyno and M.I Abaga on the song and in a way, it won’t be a lie.
Special Someone- Sarkodie, AKA
Burna Boy doesn’t have many collaborations with Ghanaian artists but one of the few features, “Special Someone” covers up for that. Burna Boy, as usual, delivered the most powerful and unforgettable of hooks, stamping his mark on a song that isn’t his, to begin with.
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Siberia- Headie One
Any hardcore fan of Burna boy would know that he has a diverse sonic palette. His collaborations with UK Grime rappers has seen him explore a different side to his abilities.
UK Rapper, Headie One released the deluxe version of his “Edna” in 2020 with the Burna Boy-assisted “Siberia” as its lead single.
On “Siberia” Burna Boy might not be handling a hook or chorus but he has his verse on lock dropping flows and proving that he is a bottomless pit of vocal dexterity.
UK Rapper, Mist released “Rollin” in 2021 and features Burna on the summer bop. The dancehall bop is a problem for Burna who drops a brief but fire verse, even switching at a later point into an almost pure reggaeton flow.
Prior to this song, M.anifest and Burna Boy have collaborated on the socio-political song, “Another Story.” “Tomorrow” won’t beat “Another Story” in terms of quality but it is still a bop.
Gimme Dat (extended Version)- Ice Prince, Olamide, Iyanya, Yung L
In 2013, Burna Boy is riding on the success of his debut album, “L.I.F.E” and is also being a favorite for features during that period.
On the first verse “Gimme Dat” we experience the hungry-for-success and ready for world domination Burna Boy with his gritty and raw voice that was a tasting of the many goodies he would later create in the later years.
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Omo Wobe Anthem- Olamide
Olamide and Burna Boy is an unsual pair but they share one thing in common, their street trained vocals. “Omo Wobe Anthem” sees Burna Boy bring his “Check and Balance” melody on this underrated jam.