South African singer, Sho Madjozi, has taken to social media to accuse Burna Boy of taking down Own It remix in which she featured.
“For those asking where the #Ownitremix is, after I got nominated alongside him for BET Best International Act, Burna boy asked Stormzy’s team to take down the song immediately.”
Own It by British rapper Stormzy, originally features Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy.
A remix featuring Sho Madjozi was released in May, however, the song has now been taken down. Madjozi revealed that Burna Boy was cool with her at the 2019 BET Awards but everything changed when she got nominated for the 2020 Awards.
Madjozi claims Burna Boy took the song down because he felt she was a threat. The self-acclaimed African giant is up for Best International Act for the second year in a row after taking home the award in 2019. Meanwhile, Sho Madjozi bagged the award for Best New International Act last year.
“Well, i guess it’s a good sign if manna shook. Last year BB and I were cool at the BETs. I guess everyone thought this little girl isn’t a threat, now same category!?!? It’s shaking”
“In the words of the great Toni Morrison, ‘If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have a serious problem.’ This world is full of bullies. If I leave any message at all from the life I’ve lived, I hope it’s to not be discouraged and to not be intimidated. To stay loving, kind and honest in the face of cruelty.
“I’m also the only woman in the category for best international act. Next year let’s have more. Goodluck to everyone nominated. It’s up to the judges now (I hope they heard my own it verse before it was taken down)”
Burna Boy in his response to the accusation, claimed he had nothing to do with it.
“Own It is NOT my song.If my voice is on it however it should have been properly cleared.If the remix wasn’t cleared with the label(Atlantic US)it automatically gets flagged. Nothing to do with me personally or any award. Always best to reach out professionally. Congrats on BET’s!” he wrote on Twitter.