The best definition I have heard about what Drill music is comes from a conversation I overheard in passing on the radio. Drill Music is what you get when you combine trap music beats and gangsta rap lyrics. Drill music has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the music scene around the world, with urban youth from different countries putting their own spin on it. From Chicago to the South London district of Brixton right to our doorstep in Nairobi’s Buruburu.
Known for its dark, aggressive beats and lyrics that tap into violence, drugs, and street life, Drill music has been controversial since its inception. Drill music excels at honest, raw, and unflinching portrayal of life in inner-city communities both in Kenya and elsewhere.
In Kenya, drill music has been gaining popularity in recent years, with our very own Buruklyn Boyz holding the torch on this porch.
We have compiled a list of the top Kenyan Drill songs released in 2023. Listen to the full playlist on Spotify.
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