BNXN fka Buju Bad Since 97 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 Since ’97
Bad Since ’97’ was produced by Denzel, a producer from Abuja. The beat gave me a movie soundtrack vibe.
It felt like something you play when you’re about to make a statement or you’re about to say something fundamental.
This is my opening statement. It’s me telling you that I’m a different breed entirely.
There’s a whole new package when it comes to me. It’s just that self-proclamation that I have finally reached the stage where I feel unstoppable.
- Written by: BNXN fka Buju
- Album: Bad Since '97
- Released: 2022