Burna Boy’s “Kilometre” is an ode to progress as well as his own globe-trotting musical roots.
In the Chopstix-produced tune, he sings about the distance he’s travelled in his career, repeating “I don’ come, I don’ come, kilometres,” in the infectious chorus.
He spent his childhood in Port Harcourt, Nigeria before moving to London as a teenager and everywhere he goes he picks up musical influences.
As an Afrobeats artist, he is inspired by the musical traditions of West Africa, but during his time in London, he absorbed the influence of UK grime, and has since combined with UK rappers Dave and Headie One.
From his time in the US, he picked up shades of hip-hop, which are also identifiable in his music.
The “kilometres” he’s travelled is also a mark of the progress he’s made this year reaching Grammy-winning megastardom.
The release of this single coincides with a personal landmark, which he mentioned in a celebratory tweet on Sunday, passing 200 million Youtube views on the 2018 single, “On The Low.”
He wrote, “200 million Organic Views 😳. Thank You for your continuous Support. Truly Grateful❤️🙏🏾.”
Burna Boy’s clever wordplay is at the heart of this song. It has been released just as people across the globe are getting ready to rediscover nightlife and this catchy hit is sure to fuel many dance floors this summer.
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