One astounding quality of Burna Boy’s fifth studio album, Twice As Tall, is the undeniable relevance of the song’s themes. From the tragic aftertaste of Monsters You Made to the palpable pride on Way Too Big and the cheekiness of Onyeka among others. The Stormzy assisted Real Life is another piece that stands out not only because of Diddy’s intro that encapsulates Twice As Tall’s purpose or the synergy Burna Boy and Stormzy share but majorly because of the vivid picture of systemic oppression they paint with their harmonized words. Today, following the release of the fiery video for the Chris Martin assisted Monsters You Made, Burna Boy returns with the video for Real Life, shared in the thick of a slow but sure uprising of black people around the world.
Like scenes out of a Top Boy episode, the Meji Alabi directed video captures the transience of life for black men especially in the United Kingdom and by extension, other parts of the world, one that’s glossed over in reference to discussions about systemic oppression and racial injustice among other vices.
Burna Boy shares the spotlight with Stormzy and other scene extras that do well in perfectly mirroring the burning reality the duo touch on over Telz and Mario Winan’s thrumming bass beats.