How Pop Smoke’s “Welcome To The Party” Put Brooklyn Drill On The Map | Song Stories

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[HOST]Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party”
is one of this year’s drill anthems but instead of coming out of Chicago, it’s coming out of New York. With his raw, aggressive delivery, Pop has
become the one to watch out of Brooklyn’s lively drill scene. The song dropped in April 2019 and went viral
a month later with its music video shot in the 20-year-old rapper’s own neighborhood of Canarsie, Brooklyn. [POP] Where I come from, there’s a lot of
shit going on. So a lot of niggas take drugs to ease their
pain. When you in the party, you T’d up, there’
not telling what you’re gonna do. Just free.” [HOST] It’s racked up over 7 million views
to-date. Known for its mid-tempo trap beats and often
violent lyrics, drill is really synonymous with Chicago. The scene’s dark depictions of street life
also resonated in Brooklyn and took on new life with rappers like Sheff G, 22Gz, and
Sleepy Hallow. Brooklyn drill separates itself with Caribbean
slang and sometimes danceable grooves. Yet, the producer of “Welcome To The Party”
isn’t from Chicago or Brooklyn. 808melo instead hails from East London. He first made waves in the U.K. with hits
like Headie One and RV’s “Know Better.” The British beat-maker also produced “Panic Part 3” by Sheff G, who some would call
Brooklyn’s original drill star along with 22Gz. Sheff’s deep voice and distinct flow is
similar to those in U.K. drill. As for Pop Smoke, he came on the scene at the end of 2018 with his remix, “MPR.” Then came “Flexing” and “Meet The Woo”
but “Welcome To The Party” has grown into more than just a local hit, thanks to a lucky
search online. [POP] “I made ‘Welcome To The Party’
in my crib. I actually like…it took like 30 mins. I don’t even know how I came across it. I was just on YouTube, and it just came across,
so I just clicked it.” [HOST] Thanks to the internet, drill has traveled
from Chicago to the UK and Brooklyn, making working with international producers nearly
effortless. And in July 2019, 808melo crafted nearly all
of Pop Smoke’s debut project, “Meet The Woo.” [POP] “That’s me.” [BOOTLEG]“Okay, so you’re The Woo?” [POP] “I’m The Woo.” “If you flossin. Woo. You sanctioned? Woo.” [HOST] At the release party Pop teased a “Welcome To The Party” remix featuring Nicki Minaj, which dropped on August
16th. [HOST] Elsewhere, Dave East, Skepta, Rico
Nasty and EVEN Meek Mill have all taken their shot at “Welcome To The Party” as the song
begins to snake it’s way out of New York City. And while Brooklyn’s drill scene isn’t
as well known as, say, Chicago or the UK, Pop seems to be laying the groundwork to
make his breakout hit resonate outside the county of Kings. I’m Hillary with Genius News bringing you
the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

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