Burna Boy‘s seventh studio album I Told Them… is here.
Clocking in at approximately 40 minutes, the 15-track record features star-studded guest appearances from GZA, RZA, 21 Savage, Dave, Seyi Vibez, J. Cole and Byron Messia. I Told Them... is billed as a project that “encapsulates the essence of his musical journey,” and hears the artist blend his musical influences while his distinct brand of storytelling elevates the album. “It kind of showed me exactly the way I wanted to express what I was feeling and what my unit was feeling. The spirit of my unit. Just put that in because this is every day,” he said in a recent interview with Apple Music.
“This is a side where people don’t really get to see because I don’t really care for anyone to see. I have fun with it like this. But I felt like this time, this is a way… How do I put it? A more understandable way to pass that feeling and that energy across,” he continued. “And at the same time, showing you that’s… Not you. 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.”
In addition, the album also arrives with a special edition magazine that highlights never-before-seen pieces including a conversation between Burna Boy and RZA, articles written by his grandfather — who was the former manager of Fela Kuti – photos from throughout the creation of the album and more. The collector’s item will be available exclusively at select pop-up events and Burna Boy’s official website.
Stream Burna Boy’s I Told Them… on Spotify and Apple Music.
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