BURNA BOY: THE BITTER BUT TRUE STORY BEHIND DRAKE’S “MORE LIFE” ALBUM TITLE

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By: Minister Sam (Music Journalist, Critic and Pop Culture Enthusiast)

Remember the outrage on social media when the Wizkid-assisted, platinum selling “One Dance” record surfaced online because Drake reduced our very own Starboy’s vocals to a phone-in effect? Well, Drizzy has done it again, but this time, even worse, to our beloved Burna Boy. Oh no! Not Burna again!

According to Burna Boy, who explained his ordeal with Drake at his just concluded album listening party, for “Outside” (We can’t just wait for the 26th btw) at the Wé Ré House in Lagos, both creatives met in London some time back and decided to collaborate for a project the Canadian born artiste was working on.
Subsequently, Burna sent five records to Drake’s camp, and was later informed that only one, a song titled “More Life”, would be used for the project. “I worked on five new songs for the project, and submitted them all,” Burna Boy said.
As expected, Burna must have gone home happy as ever. But who wouldn’t? He would be credited as both a songwriter, producer, and singer on the work of one of the world’s biggest pop stars, and that would most like begin a chain of events that will lead to a meteoric rise in his career internationally, not forgetting it’s impact on his already soaring discography.

But as life would have it, Drake dropped the project he talked to Burna Boy about, with no sign of Burna in it. Except two things – the album’s self-titled record that bore no similarity to what Burna had sent: “They told me they had picked it, but when the song came out, it was…chopped..” Burna Boy said, and an outro that was cut from one of the tracks sent by the Nigerian, later to be known as “Get It Together” featuring South African powerhouse, Black Coffee, and UK singer, Jorja Smith. However, Burna Boy was neither credited nor acknowledged as part of that song or the development of the album. Ironically, that Drake’s project was named “More Life”, presumably originating from Burna Boy’s record! The audacity…

Moreso, this isn’t the first time Drake will be ripping lesser known acts off. He had infamously removed Popcaan’s fire verse in “Controlla” from his album, ‘Views’, for reasons yet unexplained. Former OVO signee, iLoveMakonnen has also accused him of something similar, with many of his colleagues and fans alike likening him to a culture vulture.

Surprisingly, Burna Boy is letting things slide, as he has repurposed his “More Life” single for his forthcoming album, “Outside”, which already has two buzzing singles released; “Sekkle Down” featuring J Hus, and “Heaven’s Gate” featuring Lily Allen.

With his use-and-dump strategy, Drake’s reputation will remain at stake, and discourage young artistes hoping to work with the 6god. But wait first, I remember Drake posting a picture with Tekno in the studio a while back. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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