BNXN fka Buju Bad Man Wicked Lyrics Meaning
After coming of age on 2021’s Sorry I’m Late—released on the back of an unprecedented run of hitmaking features and inescapable singles that established him as one of Afropop’s most talented singer-songwriters—BNXN fka Buju is enjoying bringing his music to people across the world. Pieced together on many stops along his unending journeys crisscrossing the globe, BNXN’s sophomore project, Bad Since ’97, is an audacious attempt to situate himself among the greats of Afropop. If Sorry I’m Late was a long-winded apology to fans for a quiet 2020, Bad Since ’97 veers into self-mythology, positioning Buju as a peerless act operating at the zenith of his powers. “Right now, I’m in my bag, lyrically and musically,” he tells Apple Music. “The storytelling is 100 percent better now—the delivery, the flow, and everything. It is all well-put-together and the sound is now so mature and confident. That is the stage I’m playing at.”
From the neo-soul leanings of the title track to the amapiano and fuji-influenced delivery patterns of “Loose Emotions”, BNXN delicately considers destiny and reflects on soured romance at different turns, creating a body of work that’s just as braggadocious as it is pithy. In recognition of his status as one of Afropop’s most prodigious collaborators, BNXN’s coronation is annotated with contributions from Afropop royalty like Wizkid, Wande Coal and Olamide, while the singer’s dulcet vocals and immersive sonics proffer ample proof of his unrelenting genius. Read on as BNXN (Daniel Benson, formerly known as Buju) runs us through his sophomore project, track by track.
BNXN fka Buju Bad Man Wicked
London was the first city I ever went to [outside Nigeria], and I got to understand what the culture was really about, in some sense—the segregation, the unity, but then still so much division. It’s a place where you have to identify yourself or you get lost.
It’s almost like [that] everywhere, but it’s what I could pick out. So, ‘Bad Man Wicked’ was the first song I recorded with TSB. It’s the story of a boy in London Town for the first time.
It’s the fact that this is a new place, and this is a new city, a new territory to even try and conquer. And by the grace of God, we’ve actually done that.
We’ve subsequently gone past just recording that song to playing the O2 twice and having a show of my own at the Lafayette.
- Written by: BNXN fka Buju
- Album: Bad Since '97
- Released: 2022