Drill is a style of trap music that originated in the South Side, Chicago, in early 2010. It is defined by its dark, violent and nihilistic lyrical content and ominous trap-influenced beats.
In Kenya, the first drill sound was done by rapper Octopizzo for his song “Che Che” featuring Barack Jacuzzi and it has since been adopted by several rappers including and not limited to Wakadinali, Boutross and a host of others.
Well, we have never had a Kenyan gospel artist do a song using drill beats because even the likes of Eko Dydda who are the pioneers of gospel rap/hiphop in Kenya rarely buss our heads with such sounds.
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We should also remember that drill having been prominent in Kenya in 2019, it actually also progressed into the American mainstream in mid-2012 following the success of rappers and producers like Young Chop, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Fredo Santana and Lil Reese who had many local fans and a significant Internet presence.
Media attention and the signing of drill musicians to major labels followed. Artists within the genre have been noted for their style of lyricism and association with crime in Chicago.
A regional subgenre UK drill emerged in London particularly in the district of Brixton beginning in 2012. UK drill rose to prominence by the mid-2010s and has influenced other regional scenes such as Australian, Spanish, Irish, Italian, Dutch and New York drill.
Now to all those who have been thinking that drill actually got into the UK first history is proving us wrong. Kenya is now getting more drill sounds from new artists like Buruklyn Boyz, Anthony Millitant who just released a gospel song in drill sound.
Drill lyrics typically reflect life on the streets, and tend to be gritty, violent, realistic and nihilistic. Drill rappers use a grim, deadpan delivery but not with the case with gospel rapper AMillitant who has used it to praise God and bring hope to people during these hard times.
He goes ahead to prove wrong critics who have noted drill rappers’ lack of concern with metaphor or wordplay. His witty lyrics shows more brilliance in his art!