Drill music has officially gone global. The sub-genre, which originated in the cold streets of Chicago a little over a decade ago, moved to the UK before relaunching the famous New York rap scene in recent years. Now, artists who extend to African countries like Ghana and Nigeria are joining in the excitement.
Drilling was first made common by Chi-Town artists like Chief Keef, G Herbo, Lil bibby and King Louie. It’s been a minute since these guys, who are arguably veterans now, entered the game, but Windy City isn’t without someone to carry the torch. Although he was tragically shot in Atlanta last fall, King Von was that guy and songs like “Crazy Story” epitomize the eternal strength of the drill movement.
The UK was the next demographic to embrace this form of music. When 67 and Giggs released “Let’s Lurk” in 2016, it was the start of a movement that would later be led by rappers like Loski, which came hot with “Hazards”. Head one would soon become a general too, with songs like “Know Better” with RV being a country classic.
For New York City, especially Brooklyn, there is a wealth of talent that continues to push style to the forefront of hip-hop. Artists like Sheff G and 22gz are credited with starting things off, but the biggest star to emerge from BK was the fallen rhyming Pop smoke. His songs “Welcome to the Party” and “Dior” took to the streets and, with the help of “Big Drip” by Fivio Foreign, reached unprecedented national heights.
Drill music is much bigger than it ever was. So with that in mind, XXL highlights the best drill songs over the past five years. Check them out below.