In a recent interview, popular Nigerian artist Davido caused quite a stir by referring to fellow musician Burna Boy as “one of the new cats,” alongside Asake and Rema. Davido, who is known for his candid and sometimes controversial statements, claimed that he and Wizkid were the pioneers who paved the way for the current wave of success in the Nigerian music industry.
During the interview, Davido expressed his satisfaction in witnessing the rise of talented artists such as Burna Boy, Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun, and Asake. However, his specific choice of words to describe Burna Boy has sparked a flurry of reactions among fans and music enthusiasts.
“Wizkid and I were the first young artistes to blow up and it feels good seeing new cats like Burna Boy, Rema, Fireboy, Mayorkun and Asake kllling it now”
– Davido pic.twitter.com/qBf5SnKg3n
— BASITO (@itzbasito) June 8, 2023
Many fans of Burna Boy took offense to the statement, arguing that he has earned his place as one of the industry’s biggest stars through hard work and consistent artistry. They emphasized Burna Boy’s international recognition, multiple award wins, and critically acclaimed albums as evidence of his remarkable talent and influence.
On the other hand, some supporters of Davido agreed with his classification, suggesting that Burna Boy’s rise to prominence was more recent compared to Davido and Wizkid’s earlier breakthroughs. They argued that the term “new cat” is relative and does not diminish Burna Boy’s achievements in any way.
The controversy surrounding Davido’s statement highlights the ongoing debate within the Nigerian music scene about hierarchy, influence, and the definition of success. It also reflects the competitive nature of the industry, where artists constantly strive to solidify their positions and maintain their fan bases.