As far as confident opening gambits go, “I don charge my energy/ I no get time for no enemy” is extremely effective. The lyric which opens Burna Boy’s new single, “Anybody”, is specific, yet elusive. It’s subtly hostile, bringing to mind all the backlash Burna Boy has faced for his opinionated defiance.
However, the antagonistic lyrics are made even more intriguing once you consider the lightweight Afrobeat inspired instrumentals backing them. Rexxie produces the groovy mix of traditional drums, soft synth and percussion harmonies, and fluttering horn samples that give the song an exotic flourish. Bura Boy rides the groove with a laid back flow that betrays the aggressive momentum he maintains in his lyrics, singing “Anybody wey no dey carry body/ Knack am something”. It’s a roaring statement that punctuates Burna’s spirited rise to mainstream dominance and the video Clarance Peters directs highlights his acclaim through neon lights stage lights and tribal face paints that have psychedelic effects as dancers and models perform to the captivating song.
Burna Boy has hinted at a project, ‘African Gaint’, in the works and “Anybody” could very well be the lead single that heralds its release.
Watch the video for “Anybody” below.
Featured Image Credits: YouTube/Burna Boy
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