#BumpThis: Buju’s “Spiritual” w/ Zlatan

August 11, 2019

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Whenever the emerging singer/songwriter Daniel Benson, also known as Buju, posts a snippet or recording on Twitter, it’s usually followed by fans asking for a release date and pushing it to the far ends of the internet. His newest single, “Spiritual” has its origin story in this pattern.

After posting a snippet, Buju asked his fans to help secure a guest verse by Zlatan, a demand which the rapper, one of the hottest properties in Nigerian music, eventually granted after he was tagged in a ruthless flurry of tweets and Instagram posts.

On “Spiritual”, Buju and Zlatan combine for a song that shows the best of both artists. Beats By Steph, a close collaborator of his, provides a slow-paced, piano-driven beat that’s right down Buju’s lane as he purrs his desires to a well-endowed woman. As you’d expect, Zlatan’s adlibs punctuate every other line.

Melody, not energy, is Buju’s forte and as such, Zlatan offers a worthy complement. His verse is typically high-energy, and he stays on topic. While the beat often feels a bit laid-back, it’s more proof of Buju’s preferred sound than anything else.

Stream Buju & Zlatan’s “Spiritual” on Apple Music & Spotify.

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