Before we uncovered Brixton Hill’s 67 or Kennington’s Spartans, London city were still indulging in a sound that had come out of Chicago in the early 2010’s. A genre of music that became popular through the likes of Chief Keef and King Louie but like any genre in music, once it’s found, it can then be adopted, flipped and altered. Something the UK isn’t shy of, and it wasn’t long before producers across the city adapted to the original productions and turned it into something tangible.
Around 2014, the UK’s capital entered a new era as the sound of Grime took a slight pause in order to clear its path for the culture shift of ‘drill’. I guess you should always give credit where credit is due, in this case it’s about crediting Chicago for putting ‘drill’ on the map but you can’t deny London of the levels it took the sound too. For the UK, this was a sound that was once only recognised in the boroughs of London after a couple conflicts. There were no label execs here or fast fame on TikTok, this was purely created for the streets and has since then given locals the space to create whilst defining themselves as worthy contenders in the global music scene. Alas, the culture shift had arrived.
In 2016, the masked rapper K-trap introduced himself to the scene with bold singles such as “David Blaine” and “Paper Planes”, and since then he has been nothing but consistent. The Gypsy-Hill rapper returns to the game with his long-awaited mixtape ‘The Last Whip II’, a follow-up from his original mixtape that was debuted in 2017. With nothing else to prove, K-Trap consistently evolves in every release, and his latest entry is no different. The lengthy 19-track mixtape showcases effortless penmanship and although he’s broadening his sound, he stays paying homage to his signature flow. It sounds blasphemous to compare the two mixtapes but you can’t help consider the maturity in his artistic approach, like we know he didn’t sleep on this one. From production to the pen, a lot of thought went into this including his features which to no surprise are some of the most prestigious names in the game.
The rappers career has been nothing short of bold as he held it down and stayed at the forefront of the rap scene. An artist that makes the transition from road to artist look so simple has kept his respect when it comes to his seat at the table. This mixtape has no bounds and pushed past personal expectations in terms of creative direction. The only way is up from here.