Everything you need to know about Drill (UK/NY)

From South Side Chicago to London UK to New York NY (to West Africa, to South Africa, to going global), a new style is taking over streets, clubs, and music charts by storm. Chances are, you’re already familiar with the sound, even if you haven’t heard the name.

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NY|UK artists

Drill, a music genre from South side Chicago, is shaking up the global music industry, and has been growing since the early 2010s, drill’s success into American mainstream was in mid-2012 following the success of South side Chicago rappers and producers like Young ChopChief KeefLil DurkFredo Santana, SD and Lil Reese.

Drill came to prominence by the mid-2010s. In 2012, a subgenre, UK drill, emerged in London, particularly in Brixton (South London).

UK artists, including M24, Dutchavelli, Headie One, Aitch, M1llionz have incorporated drill music and featured American artists in their tracks.

The genre successfully took off in the international music scene with Pop Smoke’s 2019/2020 hit, titled “Dior“, off his 2019 EP titled “Meet The Woo”, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.

Pop smoke New York drill rapper dies @20
R.I.P (1999-2020)

We love you! Pop!! 💔!!!

May your soul Rest in peace✌️.

(NY Drill Rapper|1999 – 2020)

The success of drill continues to grow and definitely the style is here to stay. So we’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about drill.

The Sound

Drill gets its distinct sound from a couple of different influences. The style is anchored in Trap music styles particularly gangster trap. Recognized by its dark, violent, and ominous trap-influenced beats.

You’ll know when you’re listening to Drill from dope rhythms, heavy snare, the ‘percussion step’ or hi-hat step; “that 1-2-2 rhythm,” (sounding like it’s been played by a Warlord from Africa). Heavy punchy kicks, then comes the sliding, woozy bass sound. The rapping style is often delivered in a deadpan way and isn’t about punchlines or metaphors.

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