Since its announcement a few months back, the anticipation for Burna Boy’s fifth studio album, ‘Twice As Tall’, has been through the roof. The afro-fusion artist came into the year riding high on back-to-back MVP campaigns in the previous two years, delivering two landmark albums in ‘Outside’ and ‘African Giant’. With these projects, Burna Boy both dominated on the home front, with multiple hit singles, and simultaneously furthered afropop’s global agenda through international features, festival appearances and sold-out shows around the world.
Through post-album loosies, like “Money Play” and “Odogwu”, the Grammy-nominated artist has made it clear that he plans on riding high for as long as possible, and the impending arrival of a third album in three years is testament to his dedication and consistency. Over the last 48 hours Burna Boy has been publicly teasing details for the album and has now announced next Friday, August 14th, as the release date for ‘Twice As Tall’.
Sharing the album tracklist yesterday evening, Burna Boy has revealed that the album will comprise of fourteen new songs and the previously released lead single, “Wonderful”. The feature sheet for ‘Twice As Tall’ boasts collaborations with UK rap superstar, Stormzy; Coldplay’s Chris Martin; Kenyan group, Sauti Sol; Senegalese Mbalax legend, Youssou N’Dour; and legendary hip-hop trio, Naughty By Nature. Headlining this star-studded cast is hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who serves as executive producer of the album.
In a new Burna Boy profile story by the New York Times, Diddy explained that he was brought in for “fresh ears” when the album was about 80% done, and he was able to add voice-over intros and source for musical contributions from producers and artists like Timbaland and Anderson .Paak. In the same profile, Burna explains that ‘Twice As Tall’ is “continuing the mission I started, which is building a bridge that leads every Black person in the world to come together, and to make you understand that without you having a home base, you can’t be as strong as you are.”
Take a look at the tracklist for ‘Twice As Tall’ here.
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