Burna Boy Explains Why He Sampled JHus Instagram Story On City Boys

Burna Boy and JHus have joined forces for a total of five songs.

The renowned international artist, Burna Boy, dropped “City Boys” from his seventh album, “I Told Them,” on August 25, 2023. Since its release, the song has been creating a buzz, and the album secured the top spot on the Official UK Albums chart. Burna Boy also achieved an impressive seven nominations at the BET Hip-Hop Awards held in September.

In an Interview with, Henrieviii of Kiss Fresh, published on October 4, Burna Boy explains why he used the audio from J Hus‘s Instagram story as his Intro to City Boys. J Hus a British rapper and singer, usually referred to himself as “Mr Ugly” because that was the view society had of black African men.

According to Burna Boy, J Hus was speaking for black African men who at a certain time were not aesthetically pleasing or handsome according to society’s beauty standards. Mainstream media and societal beauty standards have marginalized individuals who do not conform to these standards. According to Burna Boy “There was a time in life when we (Black African Men) weren’t poppin’. You had to be a Light Skinned Boy”.

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