After Pop Smoke’s death, can UK drill producers maintain their US success?

For a few joyful, sweaty months last summer, Welcome to the Party by Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke was the sound of New York. His smoky baritone seemed predestined for greatness, melding perfectly with the chaos compacted into the beat. But in a New York rap scene full of earned self-reverence, not many knew this was a track made by a British producer, 808 Melo…


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