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K-Trap: From the mask to fashion week | @ktrap19

K-Trap has managed to stand the test of time, from being a prominent figure in the early days of drill to then taking the mask off in 2019 to then go and put a face to the artist everyone would see progress and adapt in the ever changing musical landscape of the UK.

He has dropped a plethora of tapes. From his debut, The Last Whip to the most frequent collaborative project Strength To Strength alongside Tottenham’s Headie One. He is a frequent collaborator with artists who have pushed boundaries in the UK, such as Youngs Teflon and Blade Brown of whom he also shares a tape with called Joints which came out in 2022.

Arguably keeping drill alive, K-Trap was one of the frontrunners during its 2017 peak. ‘David Blaine’ set the bar incredibly high for the rest of his releases, yet he managed to progress with every drop since.

The bar was set once again with the release of Street Side Effects in 2020. This project hosted collaborations with Krept & Konan, Giggs, Fredo, Wretch 32, Abra Cadabra, M1llionz and Blade Brown. Gathering the some of the biggest names in the scene for one stellar body of work.

He also has left a footprint in fashion with frequent appearances in different cities for fashion week. From Kenzo to Louis Vuitton, his face has been associated with high fashion houses for a while now. He was also in the front row at Skepta’s first runway show for Mains alongside Headie One.

The Headie One partnership went on to earn a nomination at the Brits for ‘Best Group’ this March after their collaborative project Strength to Strength.

“We’re not a group, if I’m being honest, but we’ll take it. I understand where they’re coming [from] with it. Headie One and I have a lot of chemistry. We just do what we do best. There’s nothing technical about it — he’s changed his life; I’ve changed my life, and we’re both just trying to win.”

K-trap in an interview with Rolling Stone

Last week he released his studio album Smile?. It follows a structure of a therapy session not too dissimilar to Dave’s ground-breaking Psychodrama. Tiffany Calver is consoling him on the intro and the outro, with the songs in between focusing on the highs and lows of K-Traps career and what it took for him to reap the rewards he has today. It is a wholesome concept and definitely the most vulnerable he has been on a project so far. With features from the likes of Angel to D-Block Europe, there is a lot going on yet it runs smoothly displaying how much he can do working with entirely different sounds.

This album perfectly embodied his growth as he has progressed through the industry over the last seven years. 2024 has been full of accomplishments. A debut studio album is huge for any artist, but this one has been particularly long-awaited and has landed incredibly well.

James Woodham

Journalism student with a heavy focus on music

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