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There’s no mincing words about it. As the release of his fourth studio album draws nearer, Burna Boy’s has grown into the role of Afropop’s newest heavyweight. The increased global attention surrounding his music has also been buoyed by a sense of self-awareness that was conspicuously lacking in the past.

The new Burna frames his music as a vehicle for African identity and pride. If there are doubts about his many claims, Burna hopes to clear them this Friday on his symbolically-titled “African Giant”.

“Pull Up” is the final single before the album’s release later this week. Burna first hinted at a surprise release by engaging fans on social media. Despite being the most prolific of the big 3 musicians this year, Burna’s fans are stoked at any sign of a new release.

Quite like the very similar “On The Low”, “Pull Up” is one of Burna’s more sombre songs. The Kel-P beat, built with the drums and shakers of Ghanaian Highlife, feels like you’re on a group vacation, sipping cocktails on the banks of the Upper Volta.

“Pull Up” is sure to be yet another summer playlist staple. Burna’s lyrics are as direct as ever; even if this time, he’s simply asking a love interest to meet him in the middle. “Cause I love you for life, you no go understand, na small thing to bust a million for you“, he croons with self-assurance.

If “Pull Up” is a hint at the sounds we’ve been asked to expect on “African Giant”, then 2019 looks set to be another year of Burna. “African Giant, This is Year 2000 and Gbese“, Burna calls as the song winds down. Who are we to disagree?

Listen to Burna Boy’s “Pull Up” here.


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