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Burna Boy’s Big 7: Did He Sample a Dutch Song?

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Sampling in the music sphere is a natural recurrence. Different songs are reimagined, giving them a different spin to create another version. 

Sometimes, the beat is taken to create another masterpiece, like Fela Kuti’s “Shakara” for Burna Boy’s “My Money My Baby,” or a flow is extracted, like Amerie’s “1 Thing” on Wizkid’s “No Stress.” Other times, exact words are extracted, like Lagbaja’s “Gra Gra” on Davido’s “If.” Whichever way it is, it is a breath of fresh air to relive certain songs.

Burna Boy recently dropped a prelude to his upcoming album “I Told Them,” Big 7. The track was an instant hit, breaking the record for the most streamed solo African song on Spotify (first day). However, some users on the internet realized that the song had an uncanny resemblance to another song.

Burna Boy’s Big 7 instrumental allegedly takes a cue from the beat of another song. The song in question was pointed out to be “Willemstad” by Dutch rap duo Qlas & Blacka with Boechi. The similarities are seen in the beat and the piano symphony, which are very similar, with Burna Boy’s version being sped up a bit with different drum patterns. You can let us know if you noticed any similarity by commenting on the tweet below:




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