ArrDee: Pier Pressure review – a boisterous debut from the teenage rapper from Brighton | Rap
Jhe 19-year-old Brighton rapper ArrDee’s rapid success over the past year comes on a revolutionary wave of British drilling up the mainstream pop charts – even Ed Sheeran now has a drill song. ArrDee’s success is arguably at least partly due to him being a more “appetizing” (read: white, TikTok-savvy) face in an otherwise unfairly reviled genre (police remove large numbers every year). exercise videos from YouTube). Sitting on that more pop ending to the exercise, ArrDee’s feature on Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ Body remix went viral, and since then he’s become known for his cheeky bars about partying, girls and the transplant. This first mixtape leans into crude bravado, with lines like “She wants to suck it ’cause I’m nice as smarties,” though there are some softer moments too (on Early Hours he recounts being hooked up with someone new late at night, until the birds chirped outside). The production relies too heavily on obvious sampling at times, but the band still vibrates with carefree bass warmth, complete with goring, Spanish guitar and internet-ready hooks. With a loud and flawless delivery, ArrDee’s soundtrack will no doubt be the soundtrack to many parties (and TikToks) this summer.