Damini Ogulu, the Grammy-winning Nigerian singer better known as Burna Boy, has shared a fascinating encounter he had with US rapper J.Cole during a studio session. He revealed that J.Cole told him he is the embodiment of the late hip-hop icon, Tupac Shakur, in the African context.
Burna Boy admitted that he was initially perplexed by J. Cole’s statement, as he couldn’t quite grasp who Cole was referring to. However, it soon became apparent that J. Cole was actually addressing him.
Burna Boy made this intriguing revelation while participating as a guest on the latest episode of the Rap Radar Podcast, hosted by Elliott Wilson.
“I don’t really know the dynamics behind how everything happened, but somehow I end up in the studio with J. Cole and a bunch of basketball players tall as hell. Before [recording] any music, we’re all just talking about real stuff, about life and everything.
“For me, I don’t really like to have conversations with people that don’t live with me. You know, I don’t have long conversations like that. So, I found myself just going off.
“And before we start [recording], he [J. Cole] just goes, ‘Bro, this ngga is Tupac. And then I looked around to see who he’s talking about. It’s me he’s talking about. He’s like, this ngga is like Tupac reincarnated in Africa.”