Rising Afrobeats star BNXN (fka Buju) has just released his new EP, Bad Since ‘97, featuring some of the biggest names in the genre, including Wizkid, Olamide, and more.
The singer-songwriter built a name for himself primarily off of features, with his inimitable vocals and consistently catchy hooks earning him the title of “king of melodies and hooks” by fans. 2021 saw the artist, born Daniel Benson, feature on two major Afrobeats singles that year: “Mood” with Wizkid, and “Feeling” with Ladipoe.
BXBN showed that he could do it on his own, too, after dropping his Sorry I’m Late EP in late 2021, which featured notable tracks such as “Something Sweet” and “Kilometer”. At the top of 2022, he carried this form with a memorable verse on the hit single “Finesse” with Pheelz, all before rolling out his singles from this new project.
Following recent collaborations with Dave and M Huncho—as well as the release of his Wande Coal-assisted single, “Kenkele”—BNXN has generated a buzz around his latest EP and he didn’t disappoint with this offering.
Production from the likes of TSB and Juls complement BXBN’s sultry vocals as he delivers a combination of potent lyricism, mesmerising melodies and arresting flows across the 7-tracker. Standout tracks include “Many Ways” featuring Wizkid and “In My Mind”, which was previewed on COLORS Berlin before the EP dropped.