Having risen from the streets to become one half of UK drill’s most coveted double act, Brixton rapper AM has lead on a solo front with a string of single releases in 2020 which have made waves every time. Ready to shift into the next gear, he unveils his first ever, full-length solo tape ‘Mally’.
As part of the notoriously controversial duo Skengdo x AM, AM has always boasted an intricate and self-assured pen. Both have also proven themselves as solo artists repeatedly on sparingly released, individual tracks but now ready to claim the spotlight, the masked phenom presents his debut project.
A succinct 10 track affair, ‘Mally’ mixes recently released hits “I Ain’t A Yardie” and “Jeremy Corbyn” with new cuts like “Yellow Tape” and leading single “Monster” for a collection that, in all, encompasses the menacing street sonics of drill rap that has made them beloved figures yet carries an elevated face.
The exciting talent, who has found his lane speaking truth to diverse topics, ranging from love in the Black community and police brutality to the hardships of the street lifestyle, continues his winning formula while keeping it a close-knit project with guest features from Ayo Britain, Y.AM and of course Skengdo.
Setting precedents as individuals as well as a unit, AM has accomplished extraordinary feats as an artist, not at the very least speaking in parliament about the power and significance of music, being a musical contributor Rapman’s debut feature film Blue Story, being the only ever drill act to link and collaborate with major US act Chief Keef, and garnering over 70 million streams as part of one half of the most recognisable acts in the UK right now.
AM, along with his ‘partner in crime’ Skengdo, fly the flag strong for the UK Drill sound and you should not expect that to change anytime soon. But with Mally, it certainly reaffirms his pedigree as a solo artist, one that can add another level of depth and energy to an already vibrant scene. A hallmark release, be sure to keep a keen eye as the work doesn’t stop.