(+LYRICS+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: KILLIN DEM BY ZLATAN IBILE AND BURNA BOY “VERY POOR VISUALS, DEM COME DEY EVEN BRAG TOO MUCH ON TOP AM!”

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 The only thing wey make me manage watch this video na the dance; opari nothing else. Although, I love the tune, but the visuals were unclear. I expected more from Prodigeezy after watching the “Able God” video.

Moving on, it was really hard to decipher some of the words used by the artistes; too many slangs. But not to worry, because we desire to give you nothing but the best and complete information on Ogefash Blog, we have gone the extra mile to translate the lyrics for your easy comprehension. Translation made possible by Ms. Marion Ayoola; you can give her a call on 08097711017 for your various translations. Take a  gander at the lyrics and translation to the song below…

LYRICS TO KILLIN DEM BY ZLATAN IBILE AND BURNA BOY

 INTRO

“Abulo abulo anu elu

Gbe body eh
Abulo abulo anu ala

It’s Kel P vibes
Abulo abulo anu mmiri (Zlatan)

CHORUS

This jam is killing them se
Because I swear God the vibe go kill-y dem kpa
Pro pro pro, we go dey wound dem like that
Oga boss, make I no be abeleja (J’ omo) (Oga boss, make I no work in vain)
Popo po, popo po, popo po, popo po, popo po, popo po… (Gbe body e)

Gbrrrr gbese gbese. Gbe soul e, eh eh
Gbrrrr gbese gbese

VERSE 1 (BURNABOY)
Ah, jon jon ki jon jon. Make you no dey filo ku lo lo (Don’t bring nonsense my way or show me nonsense)
Jolomijolo, eh eh
Where the money, where the money nana nana
Huuuh huuh huuh huuh
Won ni elo ni, elo niiii. (People are saying how much is it) We making money rush rush like indomie, indomie
I suppose get award, my Lord. Baby s’oma jo sebi Zannoti (Annoti); j’omo

 

 

CHORUS
This jam is killing them se
Because I swear God the vibe go kill-y dem kpa
Pro pro pro, we go dey wound dem like that (We go dey wound them like that)
Oga boss, make I no be abeleja (Make I not labour in vain)
Huuuh huuh huuh huuh

 

VERSE 2
Wo, ah, you are not Ayefele, so what’s your excuse? (Wo)
It is my time jor, there’s nothing you can do
Oya gbese bi eni t’o de fe ja Kung fu (Now, lift your leg like someone that wants to fight kunfu)
Ibile ibile mo wo le de, other rappers sonu (Ku ro n’be) (Ibile the new rapper has arrived, other  rappers have disappeared)
Oya who dey, who dey who dey who dey? (Wo)
Zlatan Ibile, Burna lewon lere (J’omo) (We have challenged other musicians)
Won m’ogun l’efo won lo mu mi sere (They underated me and doubted my capability)
Won ro bi emi kere, nisin mo fi imu won fon fere (They are thinking I am too small to become somebody, but now I am dealing with them)
Oya Halle, Hallelujah, rap ta l’enu se bi ti suya (Rap music is hot like suya )
Ma je ko ya e lenu ti ba lo ra Bimmer (Don’t be surprised when I buy Bimmer car)
Able God lasan legbo t’e lo shiver (Just Able God track you listened to is making you shiver)
K’eku yin lo so fun toko toko (When you hear, go spread the news)
Mo ti wole ko ma need ko digbo (I have arrived, no need for election)
Kapachumarimarichupako, eruku ni mo ba to (I am moving with bad guyz
Mo gbe zanku wole, mo ni ko fade shaku shaku (I brought the Zancu dance, so shaku shaku fade)


CHORUS
This jam is killing them se
Because I swear God the vibe go kill-y dem kpa
Pro pro pro, we go dey wound dem like that (We go dey wound them like that)
Oga boss, make I no be abeleja

 

BRIDGE

Eeh eeh eh, yan yan o, yan yan o

Back in the days dem dey use me do yeye o yeye o
What’s on my wrist, on my neck e be daya o, daya o
I no dey look Uche, I dey denge o; pele o
Huuuh huuh huuh huuh
Won ni elo ni, elo ni e
We making money rush rush like indomie, indomie
I suppose get award, my Lord
Baby soma jo sebi Zannoti (Annoti, ah ah)
J’omo

CHORUS/OUTRO
This jam is killing them se
Because I swear God the vibe go kill-y dem kpa
Pro pro pro, we go dey wound dem like that (We go dey wound them like that)
Oga boss, make I no be abeleja

Huuuh huuh huuh huuh
This jam killing them se
It’s STG

Abulo abulo anu elu
Abulo abulo anu ala
Abulo abulo anu mmiri
If I reason you, you go kwere

DURATION: 3 MINUTES 57 SECONDS

DIRECTED BY PRODIGEEZY

THE REVIEW

I love the song but the visuals are of low quality. I am wondering why “Prodigeezy” the same person behind Able God’s direction decided to go lower the “Able God “video quality.

Anyway, that’s by the way. I love this Zlatan, his lyrics are always amusing and interesting even though it seems like he is always taking a swipe @some people. Infact in this song, he and Burnaboy were just bragging. Anyway, it is typical of musicians especially rappers. I remember when MI sang the song “Action film”, one of the verses has this “All these rappers that be forming I-too-knows. They can’t keep up, they need glucose…”

Zlatan’s lines were he was bragging…

” Mo gbe zanku wole, mo ni ko fade shaku shaku…” , “Able God le gbo ti n shiver…”,  “Mo ti wole ko ma need ko digbo” “Mo wo le de, other rapper sonu…”

Lyrically, the song comes in two verses. The verse one was taken by Burnaboy while the verse 2 was taken by Zlatan Ibile. The artist sang both in pidgin and Yoruba, they sang mostly in Yoruba. From the title of the track, you can tell what the song is about; either their jam is killing or their success is killing their haters. It seems more like the both.

BREAKDOWN OF THESONG

In the chorus “This jam is killing them se” the artistes say their song is hot and has a huge effect on people. People are feeling their song non stop. They hope never to work in vain.

In verse 1, “Ah, jon jon ki jon jon. Make you no dey filo ku lo lo (Don’t bring nonsense my way or show me nonsense)” Burna boy brags about his wealth. For those curious about his worth, the artiste says he and other musicians make money at a fast rate like the way indomie manufacturers are making money. He says he deserves an award for his oustandingness in the music career.

In verse 2, “Wo, ah, you are not Ayefele, so what’s your excuse? (Wo)” Zlatan talks about a lot of things. He talks about how Zanku dance has come to replace the shaku shaku dance. He also talks about how his arrival into the rap genre has put other rappers indoor. He says many feel his arrival will be short lived but now they are disappointed that their wish did not come to pass. He says he and Burna boy are the main musicians and they are already challenging other musicians.

In the Bridge, “Back in the days dem dey use me do yeye o yeye o” Burnaboy says in the olden days before things got rosy for him, people used to make jest of his appearance. But now that he has sufficient money, he is posing and doesn’t care what people say about him.

MEANING OF THE SONG “KILLIN DEM” BY BURNABOY

When a song is killing, it is so interesting that it gets you on your feet as in dance all day to it or you put it on repeat all through the day.

The song talks about the great effect their tune has on music lovers. It also talks about their current reign in the music world or how they have taken over the music world. It may also mean how their success is killing their haters.

COSTUME

I can’t even explain this their costume gan…; fair

LOCATION

It was shot in Nigeria; outdoor scenes mostly.

SOUND

I really do not know what hold this song has got on people, but people really love this song. And I certainly love it too.

Melodious indeed!. The beat drums made the song interesting to the ears and really dance-able.

VIDEO PRODUCTION

The visuals are not so clear from the beginning to the end; poor video quality. It is a choreography inspired visual; as in it has a lot of choreography. All that featured in the song were dancing the new #zancu dance originated by #Zlatan Ibile

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW

@zlatan @burnaboy #zlatan #burnaboy

JUST WONDERING

  • What is that Abulabula….
  • Was that intro scene really necessary
  • What Burna boy means by “Baby s’oma jo sebi Zannoti?”
  • What Zlatan means by “You are not Ayefele, so what is the excuse

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IMAGES FROM THE VIDEO SONG “KILLIN DEM” BY ZLATAN AND BURNABOY

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Born in the 80’s, Ogefash picked up writing early in her secondary school days at International School, Lagos. She took it professionally after her university days at the University of Lagos where she graduated from the Department of Mass Communication. She is a writer of several short stories some of which have been published in the magazines. Some of her popular stories are: A Night to Remember, The Special Gift, Haunted, Preparing Ahead of Time amongst others. Her novel "Looming Danger" published in December 2015, was highly recommended by people. She has worked with several media outlets some of which are Spur Magazine and Upcoming Magazine. With her love for children, she took up the task of supervising and taking care of children at the After School Department of Heritage School before her resignation. Her unique strory telling and song teaching skills endeared her more to the kids she worked with. Oge is a goal getter, a pace setter and always strives for excellence. She likes to impact and solve problems in a creative way in a challenging position. She has in-depth knowledge in reporting and editing. She is a seasoned writer and very passionate about her work. Interestingly, her blog is the first in Nigeria to start reviewing Nigerian and foreign movies and also write the plots scene by scene. Ogefash blog is also the first to give a detailed analysis about music and artistes in Nigeria and abroad. Ogefash says "I don't keep male friends because they always want to have sex with me. I don't keep female friends because they are always bitchy and envious. I only keep people I can call more than a friend!" Ogefash has an affinity for TV reality shows. In 2018, she represented Nigeria in the PanAfrican TV reality game show "The Maltavator Challenge" powered by Nigeria's number one malt drink packed full of energy giving vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6;Malta Guinness. The show brought together four African countries Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Coted'ivoire who competed for the grand prize of 20,000 dollars. Undaunted by any task in her field, Oge is highly energetic and creative. She is a rare gem and a gift to this generation.

4 thoughts on “(+LYRICS+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: KILLIN DEM BY ZLATAN IBILE AND BURNA BOY “VERY POOR VISUALS, DEM COME DEY EVEN BRAG TOO MUCH ON TOP AM!”

  1. Yes the intro part matches the song.
    It’s in Igbo and extracted from a movie.
    And you spelled everything about that part wrong. See correct spelling below.
    “Abulo abulo anu elu
    Abulo abulo anu ala
    Abulo abulo anu mmiri
    If I reason you, you go kwere”
    (Bragging about his prowess)

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