Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

BLOG POSTS

9 TIMES DRILL RAPPERS GAVE US MORE THAN ‘VIOLENCE’.

Prev1 of 3
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

UK Drill is a genre often perceived as a synonym of violence, and is one of the main reasons the genre has been so heavily policed and regulated. While violence is an aspect of drill that is entwined within the genre from the earliest days of its arrival with Chicago artists such as Chief Keef and Fredo Santana then coming over to England with artists such as Skribz and M darg preserving the violent messages within their music. 

The genre has grown since its arrival on British shores in 2014 and has become one of the largest genres in the UK music scene somewhat becoming a popular genre with labels and A&R’s searching for the next drill hit. Here’s 9 times our favourite drill rappers stepped away from violent lyrics and gave us another story from the world they paint through their lyrics.

HEADIE ONE – ‘MARTIN’S SOFA’

 Headie’s newest single ‘Martin’s sofa’ was one of the most highly anticipated drops of this year and sees Headie reflect on his previous life surrounding ‘Martin’s Sofa’. The bars in Headie’s top 10 hit explores the different scenarios and experiences of a young man going ‘OT’ and surviving on ‘Martins Sofa’. Headie steps away from his regular rhetoric as the Tottenham rapper talks about the amount of time he would spend away from home, the poor conditions he would live in, seeing himself in the papers and knowing he had to stop, and the hope that he will never have to return to that way of life if his time in the limelight comes to an end.

BANDOKAY – ‘MEMORIES’

Bandokay is another Tottenham rapper coming from the same block as the previously mentioned Headie One, as a member of OFB. Bandokay is the son of Mark Duggan, the man whose unlawful killing at the hands of the police led to the 2011 London riots. In September 2022, Bandokay released his track titled ‘Memories’ as an ode to his father, releasing the track on what would have been Mark Duggan’s 41st birthday. The lyrics cover Bando’s hurt and anger towards the police as well as the confusion of his younger siblings who at the time would have not been aware of what happened, with Bando only being 11 at the time of his father’s death.

K-TRAP – ‘INTERLUDE’

K-trap came out of 2022 as one of the hottest drill rappers in the scene, with the release of two highly rated projects as well as the re-emergence of his 2021 hit ‘Warm’. The track ‘Interlude’ featured on K- trap’s latest solo project ‘The last whip’ and despite no video was one of the most popular tracks of the project, with over 4 million spotify streams. The track sees K-trap on a mellower drill beat while he converses with his partner about what he plans to do for her and what her previous partners couldn’t do. A side of K-trap that was yet to be seen on previous tracks and projects.

Prev1 of 3
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Comments

comments

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

BLOG POSTS

Back in 2018 we wrote an article called ‘9 Masked rappers whose songs are actually pretty dope 🎭‘ since then some of the artists...

BLOG POSTS

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”,...

BLOG POSTS

Two heads are better than one. Whether it’s an official duo, or two solo artists that realise their synergy in the studio is just...

BLOG POSTS

We Took Over ‘The Guide’ on ‘The Brunch Show’ with Kamilla Rose We were asked to take over a segment on female led radio station...

BLOG POSTS

On 1 May 2020 Yxng Bane dropped his third solo tape of his career entitled 'Quarantime: The Lost files'. Check out the Verdict with...