Straight to the top
The UK Official Chart is the stomping ground for the biggest selling pop songs of the moment. Often home to the biggest artists in the world, it can take weeks of publicising tracks for them to even touch the top 40. The only artist to debut straight at number 1 this year was hit-making-machine Drake. But, that has all changed.
Homegrown rappers Dave and Fredo have taken the UK chart by storm! Their independently released track Funky Friday has catapulted straight to number 1 in its first week. This is an incredible achievement and a massive milestone. The last British artist to debut straight at number 1 in the UK chart was Sam Smith with his song Too Good At Goodbyes in September 2017. In a strange twist of fate it was actually Sam Smith who Dave and Fredo knocked off the top spot. Promises by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith had spent 5 weeks in the top spot and became a summer anthem. But it’s reign is no more, mind you I don’t think Sam is phased much as he has many a hit under his belt and posted a congratulatory post for Dave. How sweet!
Who are Dave and Fredo?
(In case you’ve been living under a rock).
Dave is already one of the biggest names in UK Rap despite only just leaving his teens. The 20-year-old’s conscious lyrics and catchy beats have made him a firm favourite amongst UK Raps fans. In 2016 Drake remixed his single Wanna Know pushing Dave onto an international stage.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2016 with the single They Ain’t 100, Fredo has gone from strength to strength. Releasing his debut full-length project Get Rich or Get Recalled earlier last year which was greatly received by his growing fan base.
Speaking to OfficialCharts.com on his number 1 Dave said: “I’m speechless right now. I can’t even explain to you how grateful I am.”
One thing for sure is that British Rap culture is on the UP. We’ve come along way from UK artists mimicking American sounds. Funky Friday is a testament to the thriving talent that we have here on our doorstep. Be sure to watch this space as I doubt this will be the last time we see UK Rap take the top spot.
Congratulations to Dave and Fredo from everyone here at UK Grime!
To download and listen to Funky Friday click here.