Burna Boy aka The African Giant has officially fixed a date for the release of his forthcoming album “Twice As Tall” and it set for release on the 14 of August, 2020. To crown up the surprise he also revealed in an interview with New York Times that American Record Label Executive and Business Mogul, Sean Combs aka Diddy will be Executive Producer of the album.
Burna Boy who is a Grammy nominee last year reveals how he makes his record which comes to him naturally in the interview with NYT. He said:
“I’ve never picked up a pen and paper and written down a song in my life,” he said. “It all just comes, like someone is standing there and telling me what to say. It’s all according to the spirits. Some of us are put on this earth to do what we do.”
For his new LP, Burna Boy said that he is;
“continuing the mission I started, which is building a bridge that leads every Black person in the world to come together, and to make you understand that without you having a home base, you can’t be as strong as you are.”
Diddy on the hand talks about how excited he is to work with Burna Boy on his forthcoming album because of he feels he it’s a hit record. He said;
“I’m on record that I like hit records. If they’re not hit records, I don’t like them,” Diddy said. “A lot of times when an artist wants to be coached or pushed to maybe a greater level, that’s where I’ve come in.”
Most of the album was recorded during the pandemic. Burna Boy and Diddy managed to collaborate over an eight-hour time difference via file transfers and Zoom calls. Diddy was able to create voice-over intros for some of the tracks and added musical and contributions from artists such as Anderson .Paak and Timbaland.
Diddy couldn’t hide his admiration for the Nigerian Afrobeats King and said in the interview with New York Times that Burna Boy is already a star who doesn’t care about crossing over;
“He, as every artist, he wants his music to be heard by the world. He doesn’t care about crossing over. You know, he’s not trying to get hot. He’s not, like, ‘I want to be a big pop star’ — he’s already a star. He wants his music to be heard, his message, his people.”
“The thing that I learned about him is the importance of what he’s doing for his nation and representing the people that aren’t really heard globally,” he said. “Through this album, I think it’s important for Africa to be heard. And so it’s bigger than just an album. He’s not just on a musical artist trip. He’s a revolutionary. His conviction is serious.”
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) August 5, 2020