Canadian superstar Drake has released a new single with London rapper Headie One, named ‘Only You Freestyle‘. The track, released on the 20th July, is a transatlantic fusion of Drill Music.
Drake goes back to back with Headie One over a commercial, but menacing, Drill beat. Drake is one of music’s biggest superstars, and Headie’s inclusion on the track demonstrates his meteoric rise. The London-based artist, Headie One, dominates the freestyle due to his comfort on a Drill instrumental. His flow rolls effortlessly over the track’s peaks and troughs. Furthermore, his comedic lyrics demonstrate the joy he felt at being involved in the single. Drake’s vocals are more accustomed to the R and B anthems that made him famous, however his wordplay ensured a worthy contribution to the project.
Drake is a keen supporter of British street culture. He collaborated with Giggs and Skepta on his Album, ‘More Life‘ (2017). He brought out J Hus during his 2019 tour, and bankrolled the return of gritty Netflix series, ‘Top Boy‘. He confirmed his support by captioning the freestyle’s release with an emoji of the British flag. Interest in UK Drill peaked last week, with icon Unknown T releasing his ground-breaking ‘Rise Against Hate project‘.
Headie One took to Instagram to display his excitement at working with Drake. He uploaded a still from the freestyle’s adjoining visual, with the symbol of a goat (which is used as an acronym for Greatest Of All Time). Drill is a genre which addresses the dark aspects of street life, and ‘The Only You Freestyle‘ music video adheres to this principle. It is set in a dingy car park, lit only by the headlights of several vehicles. The rapper’s perform against this setting, accompanied only by some obscured background figures. The result is an eerie backdrop for the track’s sinister instrumental.
Headie One’s collaboration with Drake cements UK Drill’s meteoric rise. The multi-platinum pop idol’s involvement will send the genre global, as he has an international platform. The ‘Only You Freestyle‘ gives fans a taster of the Drill’s chaotic energy, whilst showcasing a unique fusion of transatlantic flow, wordplay and rhythm. UK drill may be on the precipice of worldwide fame, thanks to Headie, Drake and the ‘Only You Freestyle‘.