During his early years in the music industry, Gabriel’s childhood friends gave him the name "Slim Burna" meaning "the slim bone that burns". His previous releases include “Whatz ur name”, “Is 4 u”, “I like to move it”, “Kpasima” and “Highness Madness”.
Slim Burna rose to fame in 2009 he released a re-make of “Oyoyo” (a track originally recorded by Jay Martins) which was featured in several mixtapes put together by Naija DJs Coalition.
The single became an instant hit. "Oyoyo" is a childhood slang in Nigeria used when the child's mum has returned home (mummy oyoyo).
"She likes my dirty dancehall Dirty dirty dancehall"- Sim Burna