Adebayo Adeleke, popularly known as B-Red, a Nigerian singer and the son of Osun State governor Ademola Adeleke, recently recounted an interesting encounter involving Burna Boy and his cousin Davido. Speaking on the Echo Room podcast with Quincy Jonze, B-Red claimed that several prominent Nigerian artists, including Burna Boy, “looked up to him” before attaining fame.
During the conversation, B-Red recalled their first meeting in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State. According to him, on that day, Burna Boy was seen chasing after their car while expressing admiration for both him and Davido.
“All these boys you are talking about, weren’t these boys looking up to me before they blew? The first day I met Burna Boy was in Port Harcourt. He was running after me and David’s car, saying, ‘Oh my God, I love you B-Red. I love you Davido,'” B-Red shared. “So anybody can blow. I have no hate for anybody.”
B-Red’s statement comes in response to Davido’s earlier comment referring to Burna Boy as an “Afrobeats new cat.” In the past, Davido had asserted that he and Wizkid were the first Nigerian artists to propel Afrobeats onto the global stage.
The music industry is no stranger to stories of artists’ journeys, and B-Red’s recollection sheds light on the dynamics and evolution of relationships within the Nigerian music scene. It highlights the diverse paths that artists have taken to achieve success and emphasizes the importance of humility and appreciation for one another’s contributions.
As the Nigerian music industry continues to flourish and gain international recognition, it is fascinating to witness the growth and impact of artists like B-Red, Burna Boy, Davido, and Wizkid, who have played significant roles in shaping the Afrobeats genre’s global appeal.
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