Burna Boy Featured J. Cole in an unlikely collaboration producing the hit single “thanks” in new album “I told them” released on August 25th. The song is easily the most recognized of the album, proving their first collaborations very successful. J. Cole goes as far as to compare their success with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’neal at points in the song, creating hype around this new found dynamic duo.
The unforeseen collab that resulted in the hit single “thanks” combined a fascinating mix of the two rappers’ perspectives. The song hits a satisfying balance between Burna Boys aggressive beats and J. Cole’s known chorus that softens the song just enough.
The song throws listeners a curveball with its unexpected meaning. The song is called “thanks” but meant in its most insincere form. The artists actually express their lack of due appreciation in the industry with lines like “Is this the mother fu______ thanks I get, For making my people proud every chance I get?” The remarks are directed at Burna Boy’s Nigerian audience as he questions the love he gets for bringing recognition to his country. The tone is fiery as it expresses the frustration with ongoing criticism that he gets from his own people.
The single brings two diverse fan bases together, its heartfelt and resentful content is matched with a catchy melody making it a versatile listen. The song is undoubtedly the first of many collaborations with the two artists as they hint at more music in the works.
Listen to the new song below!