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AM’s Guide to Drill Music

One of UK drill’s most iconic voices gives us his picks from the genre taking over the globe.

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If you know about UK drill there’s a good chance you’ve heard South London rapper AM’s unmistakable baritone flows before. Alongside Skengdo, the pair cemented their place as a powerhouse duo in the ever-evolving UK drill scene, infamous for being targeted by British tabloid press and the Metropolitan Police Service in their war against drill. Regardless of negative media and gang injunction clauses that have been duly referred to as excessive and draconian by judges, the pair have since gone on to speak in parliament about the power and significance of music, sold out multiple UK tours and amassed over 70 million streams by consistently representing the drill wave—playing a major role in the genre becoming one of the rawest and most exciting sounds in the UK, and around the world.

It’s no secret that AM has champion skill when it comes to rap (check him out rapping in morse code!) and now, with his debut solo project on the horizon, AM continues to drop singles as a taste of what’s to come. ‘I Ain’t a Yardie’ encapsulates the scene and showcases AM’s understanding of lyricism, flow and melody with his upcoming project tackling significant topics, ranging from Greek mythology, police brutality, and love in the Black community.

We caught up with AM ahead of the new project, to get his picks from the now-global phenomenon that is drill, and get his picks of artists doing it justice.

Follow AM here for more and check out his picks below.

01. Chief Keef

The first person I heard do drill. Chief Keef and his team started a crazy movement in Chicago which lead to one of the biggest rap sub-genres being formed internationally.

02. 410 Rendo

You can hear the passion and conviction in his voice which makes all his tracks enjoyable and you also get that nostalgic original drill sound.

03. Pop Smoke

I like the way Pop Smoke had his own personal touch on drill. He made it wavey and enhanced the party vybe.

04. Teeway

Teeway has the craziest flows I’ve heard on drill and he has metaphors for days. He is also very descriptive which is quite unique.

05. Ivorian Doll

Even though she isn’t limited to drill, Ivorian Doll was one of the first female rappers to fully take on the genre and go hard with it.