Around this time last year, Billboard did a piece on Burna Boy following the release of his fourth studio album, African Giant, and described him as tall and imposing, one of the very few aligned facts that exist on the self-proclaimed African giant in the international blogosphere. It’s also the physical and personality defining trait that forms the foundation of his just-released highly anticipated fifth studio album, Twice As Tall, a fifteen track album on which he completes a rediscovery of his undeniable talent following early beginnings clouded by obscurity that has led to the god status he has assumed now, not only the Nigerian music industry but across continents.
An encapsulation of a ton of dreams realized, unquestionable dogged work ethic, determination, brimming passion and the other king making features that have placed him on the pedestal he stands on today, Twice As Tall is a fifteen tracker that defines Burna’s life starting with his dreams on the Youssou N’Dour assisted Level Up (Twice As Tall) to the admonishing Alarm Clock introduced by Executive Producer, Diddy and the ostentatious but cognisant Way Too Big in which Burna blows his trumpet loudly among others.
Burna Boy is joined by a fine array of industry top dogs from around the world including Youssou N’Dour, the Senegalese veteran he yearned to collaborate with years ago, to Cold Play’s Chris Martin, East African rising legends, Sauti Sol, chain breaker, Stormzy and Hollywood Hip hop legends, Naughty By Nature, an actual A-list that speaks to just how far his tentacles extends now.
As the album stretches out in all its glory, Burna’s confidence is emblazoned, and he offers an array of high-end sounds that touch on different subjects.
Twice As Tall is the final eruption of the volcano that has been brimming. It’s an astounding and intentional project that bears the kind of finish and work ethic of an undeniable legend in the making.