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The London based iteration of drill – which is perhaps the most relevant sound in the United Kingdom right now – has only recently rose to prominence. But for 23-year-old rapper Headie One, one of the figureheads of the burgeoning scene, the sound came naturally to him years ago. He created his signature bouncy flow and combined it with smooth melodics in a way that seemed fated, as though he was destined to be one of the genre’s forefathers – like Wiley with grime, fellow Londoner Giggs with road rap, or So Solid Crew with UK garage – and has done so with a versatility that means, though he is centred in the drill scene, Headie also easily manoeuvres between the other aforementioned, UK based genres.
This summer Headie will be bringing ‘The One Two’ across the country, to places like Reading and Leeds festival, as well as abroad to Copenhagen and Napa. Ultimately, off the back of his already impressive YouTube videos, ‘The One Two’ is the beginning of Headie One’s reign as the king of drill. Make sure to stay tuned for the ride.