One of the hallmarks of Afrobeats and the reason it is excelling is the solidarity amongst the artists. An example of this is illustrated in the way renowned Nigerian artist Olamide is waxing lyrical about his contemporary BNXN formerly known as Buju. The rapper heaped praise on BNXN whose real name is Daniel Benson, commending his songwriting skills. Specifically highlighting their collaborative effort on the track Come Alive.
Olamide compared BNXN’s lyrical prowess to that of a pen that flows red with creativity. In turn, the gesture was replied to by BNXN saying “On young erikina’s album. Baba iya eyan.,” to which Olamide replied “Blessings my broski! Your pen Dey bleed.”
This is what Bob Marley was talking about in the classic track Africa Unite. And I would second Olamide’s comments on BNXN. The Nigerian Afrobeats artist is popularly known for featuring on Pheelz’s track Finesse which garnered much attention in 2021. He has his own popular tracks which include Gwagwalada, Pray, Ole, and In My Mind. He has featured with A-listers like British rappers Dave and JAE5.
Daniel Benson is a promising artist who clearly has a lot to offer. His contribution to the game has already had a solid impact and it is heartwarming when a colleague takes some time out to recognize his efforts. BNXN will continue to do his thing and a change in name has detracted people from thinking of dancehall’s Buju Banton. Which I am sure will work in his favor as a stand-alone artist.
Not forgetting Olamide, be sure to listen out to his famous tracks which include Infinity, Motigbana, Wo!! and the more recent Amapiano and New Religion.
We look forward to more fire collaborations between the artists, and long may this camaraderie continue.