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Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as #Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2012 after
releasing the lead single "Like to Party" from his
debut studio album,
L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United
States and Warner Music Group internationally. His
third studio album Outside (2018) marked his major-label debut. In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards. He was also announced
as Apple Music's Up Next artist. His fourth studio
album African Giant was released in July 2019.
Damini Ogulu was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
His father managed a welding company and his
mother worked as a translator.
Benson Idonije is his grandfather. Ogulu grew up in southern Nigeria.
2012–2015: L.I.F.E and On a Spaceship
Aristokrat Records released Burna Boy's debut studio
album L.I.F.E on August 12, 2013. It serves as the
follow-up to his second mixtape, Burn Identity (2011).
L.I.F.E sold 40,000 copies on the first day of its
release. Aristokrat Records later sold the album's marketing rights to Uba Pacific for ₦10 million. The album's release was preceded by five singles: "Like to
Party", "Tonight", "Always Love You", "Run My Race"
and "Yawa Dey".
Produced entirely by Leriq, L.I.F.E features guest
appearances from #2face Idibia, #M.I, #Timaya, #Olamide, #Reminisce and #Wizkid. Nigeria Entertainment Today ranked the album 10th on their list of the 12th best albums of 2013. The music of L.I.F.E draws heavily
from the music of #Fela Kuti, #King Sunny Ade and #Bob Marley. The album received generally positive
reviews from music critics, who applauded its
production. It was nominated for Best Album of the
Year at the
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In
August 2013, L.I.F.E peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
In 2014, Burna Boy split from Aristokrat records. In
2015, he created his own record label called
He released his second album On a Spaceship on 25 November 2015. In September 2016, he released the 7-track EP Redemption. Its lead single "Pree Me" debuted on Noisey.