Talibans II by Burna Boy and Byron Messia, Produced by Ej Fya, Spaceship Billy & Ztekk Records is the latest collaboration you need on your playlist.
Jamaican-born, St. Kitts and Nevis-based Dancehall artist Byron Messia features African Giant, Burna Boy on his hit song “Talibans” and tagged it II. With his fusion of dancehall, reggae, Afrobeat, and pop, Burna Boy emerged in the early part of the 2010s as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising stars. His international exposure widened with 2018’s Outside, which hit number three on the Billboard Reggae chart and won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Album of the Year.
2019’s African Giant and 2020’s Twice as Tall were both widely acclaimed and charted in several countries. He returned a year later with the single “Killin Dem,” a collaboration with Zlatan, Along with additional singles like “Dangote” and “On the Low,” which were later included on his fourth album, African Giant. The LP was nominated in the Best World Music Album category of the 62nd Grammy Awards.
In August 2020, Burna issued the full-length Twice as Tall, which became his highest charting album to date, reaching number 54 on the Billboard 200 and faring even better in Europe and Canada. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album.
Burna performed a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in April 2022, becoming the first Nigerian artist to headline a show at the famed New York venue. Led by the Toni Braxton-sampling hit “Last Last,” his sixth album, Love, Damini, was released on July 2, his 31st birthday. 2023 brought the J Balvin collaboration “Rollercoaster” and the solo single “Sittin’ on Top of the World.”