Burna Boy is back. The singer has just released an experimental project titled Redemption. For this new 90’s themed EP, he reunites with LeriQ. This is exciting news.
Here is a quick back story on the Burna Boy/LeriQ chemistry. It can be likened to what Justin Timberlake and Timbaland have, or Drake and 40. The connection is special and is responsible for hits like the breakout ‘Like to Party’, ‘Tonight’, and lots more. Although like all great romances, they too have had their problems but they seem to have patched things up, creating magic in the process.
His team describes this new project as “an introduction to the international mainstream music market.” Burna Boy is slated to headline his first major concert in the UK at the Eventim Apollo come October 1st.
Redemption successfully reacquaints us with the ingredient X which made us fall in love with Burna’s music.
His first mixtape, Burn Notice was released in 2011 and Burn Identity months later first announced him as an emerging talent. In 2013 following the success of ‘Like to Party’ and other singles, the Afro-fusion singer released his debut album L.I.F.E under label Aristokrat Records. Burna’s next project was released under his self floated label ‘On A Spaceship’ in 2015. The 20 track album titled Spaceship had no songs with the signature “It’s LeriQ call the paramedics” stamp. For that reason and very many others, Spaceship was quite frankly, a disappointment. It sounded rowdy and unfocused.
So you can imagine the excitement trailing the reunited duo. Brangelina may be over but who needs them when we’ve got Burna-LeriQ?
On ‘Pree Me’ the first single released off the project, Burna sings about friends turned enemies and how he intends to transcend the hate.
The EP Redemption, has 7 tracks. The first song on the EP is ‘Pree Me’. The next is ‘Fa so LaTi Do’, then ‘Boshe Nlo’, ‘Mary Jane’, ‘Body to Body’, ‘Plenty Song’ and lastly, ‘We On’.
On ‘Pree Me’ the first single released off the project, Burna sings about friends turned enemies and how he intends to transcend the hate. The beat on ‘Fa So LaTiDo’ reminds you of Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work’ until you realize there is actually no similarity and proceed to rock on. ‘Boshe nlo’ announces the return of the Burna Boy we fell in love with on ‘Like to Party’ and his fast delivery of words is stunning. ‘Boshe nlo’ should not be listened to while standing.
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‘Mary Jane’ samples the old classic ‘Loving you’. As the name implies, it is a nod to marijuana, a particular muse of Burna Boy’s seeing as this is not the first time he’s dedicated a song to the magic herb. ‘Body to Body’ is the obligatory song about romantic relations that must be present in all contemporary music – there seems to be a law written somewhere that this must be so. And we are glad because who among us cannot relate to romantic feelings delivered so expertly? ‘Plenty Song’ to me is not exactly exciting so I will leave you to listen and make up your mind on that. The last track, ‘We On’, is a declaration – the announcement of his arrival.
Verdict: Redemption successfully reacquaints us with the ingredient X which made us fall in love with Burna’s music. As expected LeriQ remains an exceptional producer and expert musician. We approve of this reunion. Redemption is worth the approximately seven US dollars it costs to get it on iTunes. You can listen to a preview of the project on Soundcloud and purchase the EP on iTunes.