Up Next: ArrDee

Words by Finlay Bell

As far as debuts are concerned, not many UK MCs in the past have enjoyed as successful of an opening run as South-Coast spitter ArrDee. It was only January of 2021 that saw ArrDee release his first freestyle, ‘Cheeky Bars’ on MixtapeMadness, one of the most influential Grime networks of the past decade. A huge platform like that can invite a lot of pressure that can make or break a young artist. Despite this, ArrDee came out swinging, amassing a remarkable 1.7 million views in just under 3 months.

His highly anticipated follow up has only just come out recently – roughly around 3 weeks prior to this piece – and ArrDee is showing no signs of slowing up. Shouting out his hometown, his new song, ‘6am in Brighton’, ArrDee displays his desire to level up in the UK music scene. He delivers his bars with a swagger and assurance consistent with the ArrDee we saw in ‘Cheeky Bars’, impressive for an individual as young as him. 

ArrDee brings a confident flow that we shouldn’t be surprised by after his first offering, an exciting indication that we should anticipate more of this from him in the future, with a hard-hitting classical inspired drill beat perfectly complimenting all of ArrDee’s qualities. His potential star power can’t be doubted – ArrDee has a pull that has seen him again reach over 1 million views in just over 3 weeks with ‘6am in Brighton’, a feat that many up and coming artists could only dream of.

You’ve seen the figures, you’ve heard his rhymes – you know ArrDee’s destined for big things. Don’t just take my word for it – ask Tiffany Calver, DJ Target or Ricky Melvin of BBC 1/1Xtra, who have all cosigned him on their shows by playing this track, helping the song debut at #14 on the viral chart on Spotify. Keep your eye out for his future releases coming soon – ArrDee is definitely Up Next.

Check out his single ‘6am In Brighton’ here:


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