ID Cabasa, a veteran record producer has expressed his skepticism regarding Burna Boy’s recent claim that he turned down a $5 million offer to perform in Dubai due to the prohibition of public smoking in accordance with Emirati law.
ID Cabasa shared his views on The Honest Bunch Podcast, which is co-hosted by actor Nedu.
Nedu, the co-host, had asked: “Burna Boy rejecting $5 million because he cannot smoke in Dubai. Does it mean he has gotten to the point where he is so addicted to it and cannot do anything without smoking?”
ID Cabasa replied: “When I saw that stuff online, two things came to my mind and I will be truthful. I felt that it was a media stunt. That thing was not true. It’s $5 million we are talking about here.
“And if it’s actually true, Burna Boy is an adult, that is his own decision. But if I were the one that was offered $5 million―I don’t even smoke―don’t give me $5 million, just give me $3 million, I will even come to the show with extra artistes.”
Burna Boy previously mentioned during a rehearsal with his band, Outsiders, that he declined the lucrative offer because he would not be able to smoke weed while in Dubai. However, ID Cabasa believes that this statement might have been a strategic move to gain media attention.