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If in 2008 someone told you “in 10 years time there’s gonna be a host of artists who purposefully wear masks to make music”, you would have said, “Shut up man. You’re butterz”
It’s 2018 and not only are there artists who really wear masks seemingly all the time, [I mean, interviews, live shows and music videos] but they are making filthy bangers. Here are 9 of the best in no particular order.
1. K Trap
Genre: Gangsta rap/Drill
Most recognised track: Paper plans
K Trap bodied that raf instrumental ❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/u7n683kv86
— 9bills.co.uk (@9bills) August 27, 2017
Genre: Don’t know what to call it, Slow-zone Rap? SL raps about drugs and violence but in a slow mellow almost hypnotising way.
Most recognised track: Gentleman
Trivia: As of today (Jan, 2018) SL has not completed his GCSE exams. Not because he dropped out of school but because he doesn’t finish secondary school till July!
I wanna know where Tim Westwood finds these youts! ❄❄ pic.twitter.com/RfZ2koMUEG
— 9bills.co.uk (@9bills) June 15, 2017
3. Hope dealers
Genre: Gospel Drill
Yes, Gospel + Drill + masks?!
‘Come to the Brix (Brixton), I show you a few man that are changing lives, them man talk pees but man can’t tithe.’ ‘Can anything good come out of Brixton?’ These bruddas are fire 🔥 🔥🔥🔥 #SPACNation #hopedealers pic.twitter.com/jAQbY2dfxC
— SamuelAkokhia (@SamuelAkokhia) December 25, 2017
Most recognised track: Hope dealers haven’t released a hit track yet but it’s coming…
Say what you want about SPAC Nation but I can't wait for this tune to drop! 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/FoL1ZsFkex
— 9bills.co.uk (@9bills) January 27, 2018
Trivia: Hope dealers hail from a youth led church called SPAC Nation. The church caused a lot of controversy on social media and has even been accused of being a cult…
— Beth✨ (@BethBethyBea) December 27, 2017
This Sunday, @hopedealersuk will be performing at SPACNation’s Crossover Service!
Make sure you’re at Hilton London Bankside from 8pm, it’s going to be explosive 💥
— #MoreSureWord (@SPACnation) December 28, 2017
4. M Huncho
Genre: Melodic-rap? Huncho is another that doesn’t fit into a set genre, just vibe to it!
Most recognised track: Mad About Bars
Trivia: “The UK Baka” – @RiaRozayy
5. 67 LD
Most recognised track: Live Corn
Trivia: LD is part of the music group 67. If you aren’t familiar with them, you will be surprised to know that Big Shaq’s ‘Mans not hot’ uses the same instrumental 67 used a year prior for a song called ‘Let’s lurk’. It features Giggs and has 12 million views!
6. Reekz MB
Most recognised track: No face ft LD
Trivia: According to numerous sources, Reekz has been sentenced to 16 years in prison!
reekz mb’s raw tape was / is a special one. it’s crazy we won’t see a follow up for God knows how long
— ayobami (@ayolaflare) January 17, 2018
7. Don E
Most recognised track: You Alright yeah?
Trivia: Beyonce, (yes- that one!) announced her pregnancy progress on Instagram using Don E’s ‘You alright yeah?’ as the backing track. Don E was chuffed as anyone would be.
— Don E (@Don_Eeeee) March 19, 2017
Most recognised track: Take that risk
Trivia: We’ve looked far and wide and it seems CB takes keeping his identity secret more seriously than Bruce Wayne. No social media at all!
Most recognised track: Next Up? | MixtapeMadness
Trivia: 1011’s Next up video reached 1 million views in less than 2 weeks!
This makeup tutorial has too much flare 🔥🔥💄 pic.twitter.com/AkLQdOoI6V
— 9bills.co.uk (@9bills) December 23, 2017
Photo credits: Ayolaflare on Twitter
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