With the release of his most recent EP, Bad Since ’97, BNXN fka Buju has solidified his status as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters in Afropop. His efforts to establish himself as one of the great artists of the new generation, situated at the pinnacle of Afropop, are evident in his third project. In an effort to distance himself from unjustified comparisons, BNXN has so far maintained a matchless act with his music career and his songs.
Having enjoyed the endless journey of giving music to people all over the world, his sophomore project, Sorry I’m Late, was released in 2021 on the heels of his winning streak throughout the year from his limitless smash features and irresistible singles.
Olamide, Wande Coal, and Wizkid—some of the crooners of the Nigerian music industry—appear on Bad Since ’97. The seven-track EP is a great combination of silk production and deliberate melodic delivery to the ears of listening audience. It displays confidence and maturity, demonstrating growth since BNXN released To Your Ears to Sorry I’m Late and now, to the Bad Since ’97 moment.
Bad Since ’97, which represents his evolution of time, portrays that BNXN is a completely different person. He bravely informs us that he has reached at the point where nothing and no one can stand in his way. The song’s delivery, pace, and sound are all carefully crafted to entice us to BNXN’s high stage through blaring instrumentation and his honeyed voice that immerse us there.
There are anxieties that come with being a successful musician and needing to use your sound to conquer a new environment. In Bad Man Wicked, BNXN discusses finding himself in London Town and overcoming his worries. To avoid becoming lost in the town, he uses his music to identify himself.
The phrase “creative music” can be summed up in Many Ways. The BNXN and Wizkid duet is easygoing, aesthetically beautiful, and has some cool vibes. They compose lovely music with a lot of love for each other, as heard in Mood and now Many Ways.
Kenkele was the lone song that was released prior to Bad Since ’97 with Wande Coal; as is to be anticipated when you have two amazing vocalists on a tune, there was excellent chemistry between them both. The melody and words of the song glide along while highlighting the lovely lifestyles of both vocalists.
Before pouring his heart out in the studio, BNXN undoubtedly did a lot of reflection. He discusses his affinity with toxic relationships, as well as the challenges and suffering that come with being in one in In My Mind. The artist exposes his most vulnerable self to the fullest extent possible, allowing us a chance to comprehend his struggles with this thing we call love.
BNXN draws on Yoruba culture by pitching on in Yoruba while featuring Olamide on Modupe. The focus of the song—and the meaning of its title, Modupe—is gratitude; it expresses gratitude to the supernatural being. Utilizing Olamide’s old lyrical style, BNXN reflects on his career achievements and experiences. Olamide’s rap flow on the song helped to produce a smooth, calm, and motivational narration, making their collaboration the ideal decision.
In Loose Emotions, the concept of soured love is emphasized by the use of the soul fusion, which combines elements of the amapiano and Fuji sounds. The patterns of the tune create a euphoric yet heartbroken mood, making the song the type of music you play when you finally break free from the grip of a toxic love or relationship.
A clear message about BNXN’s change and his drive to be the best is conveyed in Bad Since ’97. We anticipate an album to be the next thing BNXN releases after three strong EPs.