Burna Boy is back with a new studio LP called I Told Them…. The album turned up on Friday (August 25) with several high-profile guest appearances, including 21 Savage, Dave, Seyi Vibez and J. Cole as well as GZA and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. Burna spoke to Apple Music 1 host Zane Lowe earlier this week about his latest album.
“It kind of showed me exactly the way I wanted to express what I was feeling and what my unit was feeling,” he said. “The spirit of my unit. Just put that in because this is every day. This is a side where people don’t really get to see because I don’t really care for anyone to see.”
He added, “Showing everyone, really, that the combination of worlds is something that we haven’t really capitalized on. Because at the end of the day, once we’re all unified, everything else, the fruits of that just take care of everything.”
The Zane Lowe conversation included Burna Boy reflecting on collaborating with RZA for the “Jewels” track off the I Told Them… album. Burna stated, “It’s been a great honor, man. He wasn’t there. We weren’t personally in the studio together when he did it, but when he sent the first draft to me, I could just feel the energy.”
The self-described “African Giant” went on to say, “He’s connecting things that have to do with photography, s### that has to do with the vision, like photographic s###. And he’s made the whole thing, he combined and interlock and it’s just crazy.”
Before letting loose I Told Them… on Friday, Burna Boy previously released L.I.F.E, On a Spaceship, Outside, African Giant, Twice as Tall and Love, Damini. The Afrobeats hitmaker’s Twice as Tall won a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album.