Burna Boy Marks His Return to London with ‘Realest’ Visual and Hot Single ‘Pree Me'

The Nigerian dancehall artist caps off a busy week in London by dropping a new music video and single.

Dancehall artist Burna Boy has released the music video for “Realest”—his third single from his sophomore effort On a Spaceship.

The Lagos-based singer is in London on a media tour leading up to his October 1 #homecomingconcert. While there, Burna Boy celebrated his 24th birthday, premiered a new single “Pree Me,” produced by ace producer LeriQ, on Julie Adenuga’s Apple Beats 1 radio show Thursday—becoming the first Nigerian artist to do so. The reflective song is the first single off Burna Boy’s seven-track EP entitled Redemption, which was scheduled to arrive on Friday.

Redemption is a fitting name, as the Port Hartcourt-raised music sensation reportedly has returned to the UK after a six-year-long hiatus where he was reportedly banned after getting arrested for his involvement in a gang-related stabbing while attending university there in 2010.

While Burna Boy hasn’t publicly acknowledged the London incident that prompted his return to Nigeria, he says, it taught him a few things.

“Relocating to Nigeria made me find myself,” Burna Boy tells AfroBeat360. “It made me understand life more and made me see the bigger picture of the world in the grand scheme of things. It helped me recreate myself.”

That sentiment plays out in the young Nigerian star’s minimalistic visual for “Realest,” which opens with a message that embodies the spirit of the video, and possibly his current state of mind, “When things go wrong don’t go down with them. Climb up and stay strong.”

Director Cube directed the music video which shows Burna Boy in a light-hearted mood and '90s throwback overalls with brown-bag booze in hand, singing and dancing at a graffitied skatepark. The music video also features footage of him signing an autograph and challenging a homie in one-on-one game of basketball.

Peep the visual for “Realest” at the top, and watch Burna Boy’s 15-minute freestyle from Tim Westwood’s Crib Session below.


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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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