Meet the London rapper London KOTC proving that drill music doesn’t always have to be about being tough

Those of you who are familiar with drill music already know that it’s about violence. It’s dark, just about as dark as trap music can get. It focuses on one-upping your opponents while repping your estates. It’s harsh. It was created to emulate the harshness found in cold city streets in the dead of night. In terms of dark music, the drill is so intense that even the scariest hip-hop artists back away from it with their hands in the air. Not London KOTC.

Drill music is lyrically focused.

There should be no doubt that drill music is focused on lyrics. Lots of rap music is, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you don’t enjoy lyricism, then you probably don’t want hip-hop music, and that’s just fine. On the other hand, those of us can find comfort and solace in rhyme and verse. Tell it how you want to: rap music is just a modern version of poetry. Make no mistake, if Shakespeare were alive today, he would be rapping about violence and guns and gangs too. Maybe with a flourish. Not in London.

Drill music only really came into its own as a subgenre of trap music in the early 2000s. Imagine we were a decade into the production of rock music. Think about how the first decade of pop panned out. We are a little over a decade into drill music. And we’re only just now starting to see artists that have trained for their moment since their teenage years.

London KOTC is changing the way drill music operates. He is using his beats and his lyrics in contrast. He uses his borderline positive melodic styles to conflict against those dark lyrics. He’s creating a juxtaposition through his music that other drill artists just don’t know how to handle. He has utterly confused the entire sub-genre in such a way that he has left artists scratching their heads. But, in terms of breathing new life into a new genre, he is a rising star.

What London KOTC Has To Say About Music Making?

The rapper has plenty of advice for younger drill artists. He created an Instagram account on the advice of his fellow rappers, only to quickly become a social media star. Now he has to deal with being an accidental Instagram influencer and being one of the following big things in drill music. What does he have to say about his meteoric rise to success? He says that if it has been done before, then it’s not impossible. That’s the advice he would give up to young rappers. Those who have come before us have already shown us the path to success. All we have to do is follow in their footsteps and add our spin—sound advice from someone who’s about to become a star.

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