In a recent interview with the Complex video series “360 With Speedy,” Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Burna Boy, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, addressed rumors surrounding his net worth.
When asked about his reported net worth of $22 million, Burna Boy responded, “Let’s not talk about that one, but I prefer them to think that, that’s cool,” implying that the figure might not accurately reflect his financial standing.
He further noted that estimated figures found on search engines are “way off” and should be taken as entertainment rather than factual indicators.
The interview delved into Burna Boy’s journey from his upbringing to his rise as a prominent figure in the Afrobeats genre. When questioned about his ability to change his family’s circumstances and manage their finances, Burna Boy acknowledged it as a blessing.
He revealed that he had always promised his mother he would provide her with a house and a car, a testament to his deep sense of familial responsibility.
“It’s great, man. It’s a blessing. It’s nothing short of a blessing. For real,” responded,” Burna Boy said.
The conversation then shifted to Burna Boy’s latest album, “I Told Them,” which showcases collaborations with notable artists like J. Cole, UK’s Dave, RZA, GZA, and 21 Savage. The album seamlessly blends Afropop, rap, and R&B, captivating listeners with its eclectic soundscape.
What Has Been Reported About His Net Worth
Burna Boy has garnered profound critical acclaim for his musical compositions.
His major release, “Like to Party,” in 2012 marked a key moment that catapulted him into the spotlight — the subsequent year witnessed the launch of his debut album, “L.I.F.E.,” solidifying his global reputation.
Burna Boy’s single “Ye” garnered attention from notable DJs like Skrillex and DJ Snake, and its official music video boasts over 180 million views on YouTube.
His success continued with signing a record deal under Warner Bros Records. In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Atlantic Records in the U.S. and Warner Bros Records internationally.
With a growing following of over 10 million on platforms like Instagram, it is no wonder why people think his net worth is reportedly $22 million.
He used software such as Fruityloops to establish his presence in the music industry. This path took him to London, where he further developed his musical skills. After completing a year-long apprenticeship with Rhythm 93.7 FM, he returned to Lagos, Nigeria, to launch his career.
Based in Lagos, Burna Boy reportedly has a residence in L.A. and owns a collection of luxury vehicles, including a Mercedes Maybach, Lamborghini, and Land Rover, according to CA Knowledge.
Know Your Roots Controversy
During the interview, he also addressed a previous controversy in March, Burna Boy responded to criticism regarding his remarks on the African diaspora. He had been quoted as suggesting that Black Americans lacked a distinct culture due to their disconnection from their African roots.
“There’s one quote that’s been inescapable for you at this point. Everybody says that you once said, or once alluded to, Black Americans not having any culture,” “360” host Speedy Morman told Burna Boy. “So they’re like, ‘Well, wait a second. Why is he wearing shoes that look like Timbs and sampling an American song if Black Americans have not culture?’”
In the interview, Burna Boy stood by his mission to unify and bridge communities, insisting that he intended to unite people, not create division.
“At the end of the day I’m still gonna do my job. I’m still gonna do what my mission is and my mission is to bring us together, you know I mean?” he said. “My mission is a bridge—to build a bridge that can’t be broken—a bridge that should have always been there.”
The controversy ignited on social media when Burna Boy responded to a question by activist Chakabars Clarke about the diaspora — “Why it is important for the diaspora to come home?” — by expressing that other ethnic groups in the United States had a clearer sense of their origins, unlike African-Americans.
“You know why? OK, let’s use America,” he responded. “Why do you think the Chinese Americans have their respect? They don’t go through the things that African-Americans go through. Even though they might go through their struggles, I’m not taking anything away from them.”
“But, they don’t go through what the African-Americans go through,” Burna continued. “You know why? Because the Chinese American has a base. He actually knows where he’s from in China. You understand? Italian-Americans, they know where their grandparents came from in Italy … Same goes for everyone else except African-Americans.”
The comments were met with mixed reactions, with some interpreting them as disregarding the unique history and struggles faced by Black individuals in America.
Burna Boy’s impact on the global music scene cannot be underestimated. With his unique blend of Afrobeats, rap, and R&B, he has played a pivotal role in elevating the genre’s international appeal.