J-cole Calls Burna Boy “Africa’s Tupac”
Grammy-winning Nigerian singer Burna Boy has claimed that American rapper J. Cole told him during a studio session that he is on the same level as the late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur.
Burna Boy made the revelation in an interview with the Rap Radar podcast. He said that he was in the studio with Cole and a group of basketball players when Cole turned to him and said, “This n****’s Tupac reincarnated in Africa.”
Burna Boy said that he was “humbled” by the comparison. He said, “I don’t really know the dynamics behind how everything happened, but somehow I end up in the studio with J. Cole and a bunch of basketball players tall as hell. Before [recording] any music, we’re all just talking about real stuff, about life and everything.
“For me, I don’t really like to have conversations with people that don’t live with me. You know, I don’t have long conversations like that. So, I found myself just going off.
“And before we start [recording], he [J. Cole] just goes, ‘Bro, this n*gga is Tupac. And then I looked around to see who he’s talking about. It’s me he’s talking about. He’s like, this n*gga is like Tupac reincarnated in Africa.”
Burna Boy has been praised for his fusion of Afrobeats, dancehall, and reggae. He has won numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album in 2022.
J. Cole is also a highly respected rapper. He has released six studio albums, all of which have been critically acclaimed. He is known for his introspective lyrics and his social commentary.
Recall that J. Cole featured on the song “Thanks” off Burna Boy’s most recent studio album, “I Told Them,” which was released last week.
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