2017 has been a momentous year for South London Driller K Trap. He’s emerged from obscurity, kept the mystery of what lies behind his ski mask, and gone on to being billed as one of the most exciting acts to keep an eye on in 2018. With January being just weeks away, it’s only right that young Trapo closed this year by selling out his very first headline show at London’s O2 Academy Islington last Friday.
The concert showcased some of the best from his 15 track project ‘The Last Whip’ which he unveiled earlier this year with features from 67, Blade Brown, Potter Payper, Headie One and more. Having built up a fervent following across grassroots platforms like Link Up TV, GRM Daily and more, K Trap managed to draw in one of the biggest turnouts for a UK Drill act as a headliner.
The crowd clearly full of hardcore fans and followers knew ‘The Last Whip’ bar for bar, it’s a rare occurrence to come across an audience that knows each and every word from each and every track. Highlights of course included ‘Paper Plans’ and ‘David Blaine’ which seemed to call for endless wheel ups. And while Drill might not be the sexiest of genres, K Trap added a little splash of that when he performed trap anthem ‘Wild Thoughts’ which saw the South London rapper flanked by two dancers sporting little black numbers matched with identical ski masks.
Yxng Bane made quite the entrance when he took to the stage for his collab with K Trap ‘Diamonds’ and the two ran out to sprays of champagne showering the eager crowd. Other guest appearances on the night came from Loski of Harlem Spartans, Youngs Teflon, Krept & Konan, 67, Suspect and underground king DJ Kenny Allstar.
From the guests alone, it’s easy to say K Trap is in good company. Having been tipped for big things, next year might see K Trap become the next UK Drill artist to break through in the wake of acts like 67, Abra Cadabra and more. And if last Friday’s show is anything to go by, it’s just another testament to K Trap’s potential.