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Burna Boy continues his foray into the international scene, Emmanuel Esonmofu reviews his latest effort. 

Following the spike in the success of Ye following a Kanye West album of the same title,  Burna Boy continues exploring new grounds and tasting off the cherry of the international cake, signing a publishing deal with Universal Music this week. 




On Name On It, the UK X Factor finalist, girl band Four of Diamonds feature Burna Boy on a song whose sound exudes shades of EDM, and largely Pop, and there's African hits in the dominant drums. Thematically, it follows the tradition of the more popular Clean Bandit and Fifth Harmony. Name On It is about a lover who doesn't want to make the relationship a publicized thing, with the most piercing line being; "So in love with my figure, when you drinking that liquor// Got me feeling like I'm the bae, but crop me out of your pictures."

If Burna Boy is meant to convince the unsatisfied lover of his good natured insistence and acts towards privacy, he does so excellently, in Burna style. 

From the days of Tonight to Yawa Dey to his Outside tracks, Burna Boy has always been one to pack much meaning into a single line. You'll never need much words to explain why if you never see landlord, yawa dey, or the exquisite metaphor and pop culture reference to the masked singer/drummer in his Ye line dada cover my face, call me Lágbájà. In his verse, he indirectly refers his notoriety to his lover, crooning; "My enemies go for the people I love//I try not to let em know//So when you done playin', you can come find me"

Whilst it remains unseen (and largely unlikely) that Name On It will ascend the charts like Work From Home, it continues a trend into the girl band's archetype song, and after many listens, should it could come across as cheesy, too melodious to the ears considering the subject matter, there's always newer music to explore. 


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