The BBC have recently announced their annual list of essential artists.
Every year the BBC releases a list of artists for music fans to keep an eye out for. The prestigious list is chosen by over one-hundred critics, professionals and musicians, who can vote to spotlight artists they feel will make a huge impact on the incoming year. The list has helped nurture the future of some of the most widely-regarded artists of today, including Sam Smith and Adele. Past nominees for the award were also welcomed to cast their votes, and the verdict is now in.
French-British rapper Octavian has secured the top spot, and it would be wise to predict that the artist has a firm grasp of success for 2019. The 23-year-old Oliver Godji is from London; although experiencing lows in his life, the highs are all to come. The rapper blends numerous genres of R&B, house, rap, grime and dancehall, giving him an impressive edge in the current UK hip-hop climate. Take a listen here:
He released his full-length mixtape Spaceman September 10, 2018, but has been building a gradual following with previous mixtapes 22 and Essie World for some time. His supreme place on the BBC’s poll will surely ensure Octavian important exposure to new audiences and niches. He beat frontrunners King Princess, Grace Carter, slowthai and Rosalía to the top spot, which was last year held by Sigrid.
We can be certain that we’ll be seeing a lot of Octavian as the year progresses, and be sure to keep an eye out as the rapper’s successful journey continues. In other music news, check out Frank Ocean on the cover of GQ.