Burna Boy, Last Last: the real meaning of the lyrics

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Last Last is a song released in May 2022 by the Nigerian singer Burna Boy. The songs became immediately a huge success all over the world, accumulating millions of streams in less than a month. And since the afro singer speaks a slang that mixes English with Yoruba language, people is wondering what the real meaning of the lyrics is. In this article we will delve into it.

The song meaning

According to what normally people say in Nigeria, “last last” is means “ultimately”. The title of the song is mentioned in the first line of the intro:

E don cast, last last, na everybody go chop breakfast

As Burna Boy explained recently in an interview, to chop breakfast is a slang that refers to having a heartbreak. The song is about a painful disappointment the singer had on a sentimental relationship, and the message he wants to convey is that soon or later everybody has to feel that kind of pain. And move on, eventually, after sadness is gone. “E don cast” is another slang that means “everything is now revealed”.

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Reading the lines of the song, Burna Boy feels he did everything right. The girl was the one who manipulated his feelings. There is no reason to discuss about it, because he feels he’s right anyway. All is sung in the same english/afro slang that could be hard to understand:

You go bow for the result o
Nothing to discuss o, cause I dey win by default o
And without any doubt o, omo me I be adult o

The chorus becomes therefore clear: the way Burna Boy is coping with the heartbreak pain is through alcohol and smoke. “Igbo” is Yoruba for “weed” and “shayo” stands for “alcohol”.

I need Igbo and shayo (Shayo)
I need Igbo and shayo (Shayo)

Burna Boy’s pain is real: through his slang, he says that his mood has gone up and down like a rollercoaster, using the line “my feelings been dey swing like jangolova” (Jangolova is the Nigerian english word that refers to the playground). And towards the end of the song, the singer says explicitely that he has done everything she wanted, and still it didn’t work. He wonders if in another life things would go differently and the girl would become his wife.

Why you say I did nothing for you
When I for do anything you want me to do
Maybe another time, maybe another life you will be my wife and we’ll get it right

Fans believe the song refers to the relationship Burna Boy had with the UK rapper Stefflon Don, with whom he broke up recently.

You’ll find the full lyrics below. Not everything is easy and straightforward to understand, but you got already the general message of the song, and the rest can be inferred from the context.

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Last Last: the full lyrics

E don cast, last last, na everybody go chop breakfast
Shayo
Shayo
Igbo

You go bow for the result o
Nothing to discuss o, cause I dey win by default o
And without any doubt o, omo me I be adult o
I no go fit take your, I no go fit take your insult o
Omo mind as you dey talk o
I put my life into my job o
And I know I’m in trouble
She manipulate my love o
I no holy and I no denge pose like baba fryo
My eye o don cry o

I need igbo and shayo (shayo)
I need igbo and shayo (shayo)

I dey Port Harcourt when dey kill Soboma
I dey try to buy motor one Toyota Corolla
My feelings been dey swing like jangolova
Feelings been dey swing like jangolova
Now you crash your Ferrari for lekki Burna
Na small thing remain, could have been all over
My feelings still dey swing like jangolova
Feelings still dey swing like jangolova
Ti n ba ni kе juru, e juru
Omo why to’o ki nfe ni suru?
Why you say I did nothing for you
When I for do anything you want mе to do
Ti n ba ni ke juru, e juru
Omo why to’o ki nfe ni suru?
Why you say I did nothing for you
When I for do anything you want me to do
Maybe another time, maybe another life you will be my wife and we’ll get it right
E don cast, last last, na everybody go chop breakfast
Have to say bye bye o, bye bye o to the love of my life
My eye o don cry o

I need igbo and shayo (shayo)
I need igbo and shayo (shayo)