Following drill’s journey from underground to mainstream, RV has continued to be a prominent figure in the scene. Known for being ‘UK drill’s Punchline King’ the Tottenham rapper refuses to take his foot off the pedal with two joint albums, his own project IM A SAVAGE & and another highly anticipated release RICO VONDELLE on the horizon, GRM Daily to a look back into the rappers catalogue to find his Top nine essential tracks you need to hear before the tape drops on Friday.
From the inception of his career RV has always been in the conversation of the top elite in the Drill scene regarding his technical wordplay and violent lyrical cadence, for any fan of the OFB members bars these 9 tracks will be a trip down memory lane alongside proving RV to be one of the most versatile artists in the game.
RV & Headie one’s “Know Better” is the closest thing you could get to a drill classic with the 2018 OFB anthem seeing the dynamic duo take on the 808 Melo production in ruthless fashion. The track sees RV adopt a fast pace flow while the Tottenham rapper talks on his cruddy lifestyle.
“Life I Live“
RV wastes no time on the “Life I Live” using the MKThePlug produced beat to delve into his life. The high tempo beat invites the rapper to unleash his raw talent on the mic, switching flows alongside cruddy punchlines, on the OFB member’s journey from rags to riches.
Off of RV’s highly anticipated Savage EP 2019’s “Crep Shop” saw two generations of OFB members colliding on the MKTHEPLUG produced track for the perfect collaboration. The choppy drill beat allows RV to take on a calmed flow while work in stark contrast with Bandokay, Double LZ & SJ’s energetic lyrical cadences.
Off RV & Headie One’s 2019 collaboration project Drillers and Trappers II, “Roddy Richh” emerged to be a fan favourite with the dynamic duo calling in K-Trap to feature on the M1OnTheBeat production. The mentality of “It’s kill or be killed” is expressed in RV’s elaborate bars and cruddy punchlines, which works In smooth synchronicity with Headie one’s infectious chorus.
Alongside the release of RV’s 2019 Savage project, the rapper stepped in GRM Daily’s “Daily Duppy” studio to bless the scene with another classic. RV gives us the opportunity to really appreciate the punchlines and elite wordplay with this Duppy, and he once again proves that he’s more than just your average drill rapper.
“Why Always Me”
Premiering on the GRM daily channel “Why Always Me” remains a RV classic. The rapper shows his versatility on the mic, taking his spin on Mario Balotelli’s iconic catchphrase ‘Why Always Me’ alongside the Ghosty production. With visuals used to contrast his journey from student of the game to master, the Tottenham rapper marks a significant checkpoint in his career unveiling his face to fans for the first time.
RV & Headie One’s “Hardest Out”, saw the soon to be iconic duo early in their career going back to back on a gritty drill beat in devilish fashion. With bars shouting out Chunkz and Darkest man, the pair made a lasting impression on the scene with their versatility on the mic and analytical wordplay.
Dropping in January of this year, the tune saw RV collaborate with fellow North Londoner Chip, and one of the hardest newcomers BackRoad Gee. The infectiously catchy hook, coupled with BRG’s energy, make it perfect mosh pit material. All we need now is for lockdown to be lifted!
RV & Headie One’s Drillers and Trappers II blessed the scene with countless bangers, however “Turn” featuring Unknown T, remains an instant reload at any motive. The trio bring their A game to the track, and RV does not disappoint, using his signature rhyming pattern to provide a cold verse.
Be sure to check out the track list for Rico Vondelle right here