When you think of England, many people imagine UK rock. No wonder, UK rock was very popular from the late 1900s to the early 2000s and was a regular hit chart genre. However, in recent years, hip-hop has become stronger in the UK, and a genre called UK drill is growing rapidly.
What is UK Drill?
UK drill is a new genre that has emerged in the UK in recent years. The genre is said to be influenced by many musical genres such as grime, UK garage, dancehall, jungle and drum and bass. The track features a hip-hop style, with many dark melodies and heavy kicks. When UK drill originated, it was a popular music genre among gangsters. It was popular in a limited world, but the rise of the South London group “67” triggered the rise of this genre.
67 was a group that emerged in the 2000s, especially around the mid-2010s. The rise of these guys triggered the UK drill to become popular. And the groups that follow them are coming out one after another, and there is a possibility that it will become the most popular genre in the UK. Since UK Drill was originally a gangster song, many of the lyrics talk about street crimes.
Expansion of UK Drill
The genre of UK drill has been gaining recognition and popularity, starting with viral hits on SNS such as specialized YouTube channels, Twitter MV spread, and TikTok dance videos. It is particularly well received, especially among young people, and has created a large number of listeners. Furthermore, this genre is growing rapidly not only in the UK, but also in the United States, which can be said to be the original home of hip-hop. The music has now spread to London, New York, Paris, Sydney and Asia, and in 2019 Pitchfork magazine rated drill as “the most important hip-hop subgenre of the last decade”.
As mentioned above, many of the lyrics of UK drills talk about crimes on the street. In particular, UK drills are developing in London, and in 2018, as a result of a signature by the London Metropolitan Police, about 30 videos of UK drills were taken down from YouTube. The British police are currently cracking down on the UK Drill.
Is UK rock over?
With the rise of new genres, UK rock has long been popular. In the UK, the 2010s is said to be the decade of rock failure. But this is not just a UK problem, it is a global problem. Rock music declined across the board in music-advanced countries, and this rule also applied to England. Once home to many legendary rock bands such as The Beatles and Oasis, there is no longer a demand for rock music. If you look at the hit charts of the 2010s, it’s clear that there were only three rock songs on the annual singles chart in 2010, and only one on the annual album chart.
Club music and hip-hop are popular music genres since the 2010s. UK rock pushed by momentum has definitely declined. Another reason for the decline of rock is that users wanted a variety of genres. Streaming services and download services have become the main music services, and it has become possible to listen to a large amount of music, so the monopolarization of UK rock can no longer be maintained. UK rock is now recognized as one of the other genres.