U.K. artist Octavian has won the prestigious BBC Music’s Sound of 2019 poll for his self-produced EPs including his latest project, Spaceman.
The 23-year-old rhymer’s music has won the endorsement of Drake who posted an Instagram photo of himself reciting lyrics from “Party Here,” the rapper-singer’s breakout single in 2017.
“That’s lit. I don’t even know how to feel right now… Mum, I made it!” he told BBC Music after winning the poll.
Octavian is the first rapper to win the poll since 50 Cent in 2003. Previously winners include British pop singer Adele and Sam Smith, among others.
Born in Lille, France and raised in Camberwell, London, Octavian he developed his musical style while attending the famous Brit School where the late Amy Winehouse also once studied. In 2016, Octavian released his mixtape 22 in 2016 and his Essie World EP the following year. Things really took off with the release of his track “Party Here.”
“If I can get this, I can get anything. 2019 is going to be a great year,” said Octavian on winning the BBC Music Sound of 2019 award.
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