Gabriel Soprinye Halliday, (born April 11, 1988), better known by his stage name Slim Burna, is a Nigerian recording artist and record producer.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Burna's birthplace is Essex, England although his family later returned to Nigeria at the time he was just two years old. Burna was raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. While growing up, he listened to the music of artists such as Tracy Chapman, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson and Keith Sweat, but would later develop interest in hip hop music after hearing the likes of 2Pac, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dmx, Obie Trice, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, and Ruff Ryders. He began writing rhymes, and engaging himself in streets' freestyle battles. After completing secondary school, he decided to try his hand at music production. His beat-crafting skills eventually landed him a job at Grafton Records, where he worked with M-Trill, Lamili Engel, and LilyJean for a short while before quitting to start Street Rhymes.

In 2009, Burna released his remake of "Oyoyo" by J Martins, which garnered him attention. The song made its way onto several DJ mixes and became a favorite amongst most music lovers at the time. In April 2012, Slim Burna and M-Trill linked back up and both artists recorded a collaboration song titled "Oya Na" and by May, it was released onto the internet and urban radio stations around Port Harcourt. In 2013, Burna released his first mixtape I'm on Fire which was well received by fans and music critics. The 15-track effort debuted at number 3 on the Music of Africa Top 10 Mixtapes, with over 5,000 downloads in just a couple of weeks after its release, and thousands of downloads on other music websites as well. I'm on Fire is also regarded as the most successful mixtape ever released from a Port Harcourt-based artist to date.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Singles[edit | edit source]

  • I'm on Fire (2013)
  • All Day (2013)
  • Claro (2013)

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