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How Pop Smokes Welcome To The Party Put Brooklyn Drill On The Map | Song Stories

How Pop Smokes Welcome To The Party Put Brooklyn Drill On The Map | Song Stories
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

. 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.” 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.”...
how pop smoke s welcome to the party put brooklyn drill on the map song stories
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. “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.” 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." “That’s me.” “Okay, so you’re The Woo?” “I’m The Woo.” “If you flossin. Woo. You sanctioned? Woo.” At the release

party

Pop teased a “

Welcome

To The

Party

” remix featuring Nicki Minaj, which dropped on August 16th. 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.