A video allegedly showing Davido and Burna Boy clashing at a club in Ghana recently hit the internet, leaving fans confused as to why the two singers have beef.
A nine second YouTube clip showing Davido and Burna Boy allegedly angrily leaving a club in Ghana has sparked a conversation on the history of their beef. And, as it turns out, the beef started in 2019, around the time when Burna Boy was announced to be up for a Grammy award.
Who are Burna Boy and Davido?
Both Davido and Burna Boy are singers and rappers from Nigeria. They are currently considered as the two most popular artists in and from Africa.
They have had a long-standing friendship where there is proof of the two musicians celebrating each other’s successes. Burna Boy has even been seen at a Davido gig.
History of the beef explained
The beef allegedly began in the autumn of 2019, when Burna Boy was nominated for a Grammy award for Best World Music Album for ‘African Giant’. Glimpses of a fued were not evident yet since Davido congratulated his friend for his nomination.
Fast forward to after the Grammy’s, where Burna Boy lost out to Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, and he became quiet social media for a while.
His return to the online world was marked by his now-deleted reply to a Twitter user claiming that Burna Boy had his success handed to him.
In summary, Burna Boy hit back at the hater saying that no one paved the way for him and subtly fired shots at his peers that no one in his industry cared. Many Twitter users agreed saying that he is a trailblazer in his own right and there was no clarification on who Burna Boy was directing his tweets at specifically.
Three months later, Davido announces the release of his new album at the start of May, A Better Time, which was set to arrive in July 2020. The first glimpse of beef happened when Burna Boy posted a black screen with the message, “JULY will be very funny, and I shall laugh accordingly” on social media, suggesting to his fans that he will be ridiculing Davido’s new album.
After the post, Davido tweeted an edited photo of him and fellow Nigerian singer Wizkid, captioned “The 2 greatest of all time! No cap”
In response, Burna Boy questioned Davido’s success by claiming that he owes his achievements to his billionaire father. The message still did not mention Davido by name: “you cannot play football, everybody knows you cannot play football and you are an embarrassment to the team. But your daddy bought the football team”.
Fans believed that Burna Boy’s song ‘Way Too Big’ from his August 2020 album ‘Twice as Tall’ was directed at Davido with the lyrics, “I’m way too big to be f***ing with you”. Diss tracks and subtle messages are common in the music world when there is beef , such as the feud between Stormzy and Wiley.
In his track ‘FEM’ which is Yoruba slang for ‘shut up’, Davido addresses Burna Boy directly in the line, “Then Odogwu say we like to party just call me…” – ‘Odogwu’ and ‘Like to Party’ are both names of a Burna Boy song.
Are Burna Boy and Davido still beefing?
Since then, there has not been much from either musicians but the latest video showing the two apparently shouting at each other while leaving the club has sparked news that they are still on bad terms.