Burna Boy remembers when dark-skinned African boys were looked down upon. While appearing on Kiss Fresh British radio, he talked about how that narrative has shifted.

The conversation began with the singer being asked about the intro to his newest track, “City Boys.” The song opens with a clip from British rapper J Hus’ Instagram Story, in which he discussed reclaiming the word “ugly” after being called it many times.

“I’m not even an ugly yute. I’m a sexy yute, you understand?” J Hus says in the clip heard in “City Boys.”

The singer explained why he chose that as the introduction to the song.

“Because I feel like he was speaking for all of us,” Burna Boy told host Henrie Kwushue. “Black African boys. There was a time in life when we weren’t popping. You had to be a light-skinned boy.”

To prove his point, he then asked Kwushue if she had posters of Chris Brown on her wall growing up. She admitted she did.

“We weren’t popping. We were getting called all types of names. It is what it is because now,” Burna added.

“Gyal all over da globe,” Kwushue responded.

Burna Boy explained that darker-skinned men haven’t always been considered attractive. Because lighter-skinned men were typically preferred, darker-skinned men were labeled ugly and unattractive. With that in mind, Burna Boy said he understands why J Hus chose to go by “Mr. Ugly.”

“That was the view society had of us. The whole narrative has changed, and now it’s like, ‘Hmmm, so the whole time they were trying to finesse us,” Burna Boy said.

“We’ve always known our worth; it’s everyone else that didn’t,” he added.

Fans loved Burna Boy’s message and flooded Kwushue’s social media with praise.

“We’ve always known our worth, it’s everyone else that didn’t 🗣️,” a fan commented on Instagram.

“Internalized racism really had us out here thinking we were mid 👎🏾,” another shared.

“He was telling the truth when he answered; the intro was speaking for all of us👏,” one remarked.

Burna Boy recently made history as the first international Afrobeats artist to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s U.K. Official Albums Chart, making him the first international Afrobeats artist to top the ranking, Variety reported.