Drake’s More Life album is the hottest thing on everyone's lips right now and is currently dominating the streaming charts. The Canadian-born rapper has reached out across the pond to gather some of our home grown talent for this 22 track album. This is undoubtedly great exposure for the UK music industry and will help boost the awareness of American listeners to UK artists.
Here is a list of the gifted individuals who are reppin’ for the UK!
1. Jorja Smith
This 19-year-old West Midlands RnB singer came 4th place in the BBC sound of 2017 short list. She has been compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill with her soulful voice and realistic lyrics.
The singer was working in Starbucks only a year ago when her Soundcloud song Blue lights began to get popular, her star has been on the rise ever since. Jorja is currently unsigned but says she’s happy to continue the way things are, and by the looks of it, she seems to be doing more than alright on her own.
More Life featured Song: Get It Together
Top track recommendation: Blue Lights
He is a British singer, songwriter and producer from London and More life isn’t the first Drake album he has appeared on. Back in 2013 he featured on Nothing Was The Same with a track titled Too Much. He has worked with some world class talents such as Kanye West, Jessie Ware, Solange and Frank Ocean just to name but a few. On the 3rd of February, he released Process, his first studio album.
More Life featured song: 4422
Top track recommendation: (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
This South London based grime MC has been in the game for over ten years and has released four studio albums in that time. He is one of the artists who has benefitted greatly from the publicity of More Life. Spotify have claimed that there has been a 146% increase in US subscribers listening to Giggs’ music on the site. His last album Landlord, was released last year and peaked at No.2 in the UK charts.
More Life featured songs: No Long Talk
Top track recommendation: Lock Doh ft. Donae’o
Last but by certainly no means least is Skepta who was the recipient of the Mercury Prize in 2016 for his album Konnichiwa beating out The 1975, Radiohead and David Bowie. He is one of the rappers responsible for the commercial resurgence of grime music in popular mainstream culture. The artist has been close friends with Drake for some time now and has even signed the Canadian rapper to his BBK (Boy Better Know) label. The label was co-founded by his brother, better known as fellow grime artist JME.
More Life featured song: Skepta Interlude
Top track recommendation: That’s Not Me ft. JME
Words: Emefa Setranah
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