SA rapper JR takes a stab at authenticity of Burna Boy's music

SA rapper JR takes a stab at authenticity of Burna Boy's music

- South African rap artist, JR, has taken a direct hit at Nigerian star, Burna Boy

- According to JR, Burna Boy is guilty of copying the music of late Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti

- Judging by the reaction of social media users, they agree with JR and are not impressed

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Tabure Thabo Bogopa Junior, better known to his fans as JR, is a South African rapper known for hits like Show Dem (Make the Circle Bigger) and is greatly admired for his work.

He recently took a jab at a fellow African artist, Nigerian award-winning musician, Burna Boy.

JR commented on a tweep saying that Burna Boy is influenced by the music of late Nigerian artist Fela Kuti and his words made it clear that he thinks Burna Boy is taking the work of another artist as his own.

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Judging by the reaction from social media users, JR isn't the only one to think that Burna Boy is 'stealing' music.


"I don't mind sampling and getting aspiration. But sampling the whole melody and exact line from the same artist on more than 10 counts, that's just wack."


"I agree with u la phela this is 100% plagiarism."


"This is a blatant rip-off!!!"


"Nah that's not creativity... it's straight stealing."


"N*gga built a whole career of another man's work sies..."

Burna Boy's music isn't without fans - he recently scooped up an award for his contribution to African music.

He won the Best Africa Act Award at the 2019 MTV EMA Awards on 3 November, reported earlier.

Comments like the one made by JR and fellow social media users will likely only make the current relationship between South African and Nigerian music lovers even more tense.

Things got sour between Burna Boy and AKA earlier and there were some threats of violence made which were slammed by the Africa Unite concert promoters. Africa Unite was in charge of the Nigerian muso's travel to SA to perform.

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