Self-made South London rapper Octavian was awarded the BBC Sound of 2019 award last night; the first rapper to have done so since 2003 (50 Cent was the last winner). This award comes after a steady and successful 2018 for the artist, seeing the release of his debut album entitled ‘Spaceman’ and his single ‘Lightning’ being featured in video game giant EA Sport’s Tracklist for their latest edition of FIFA (19).
I first found out about Octavian through social media when his song ‘Party Here’ was promoted by ‘ImJustBait’, the biggest UK Instagram platform at the time. Since then the artist has gone from strength to strength, even receiving compliments from some of the industry’s biggest artists including Drake.
If you’re unfamiliar with Octavian’s story – he was thrown out of his mother’s house at the age of 14 and she told him, ‘You’re either going to be in prison or you’re going to be big’ – he became the latter, saying ‘I knew I’d be big because I didn’t want to be in prison. So I kept myself motivated just through that.’ Octavian was awarded a scholarship to the Brit School, whose long list of alumni includes Loyle Carner and Adele, but he ended up dropping out.
Octavian has a unique sound and vibe which grows on audiences. With his work rate and artistic nature, we can only imagine what is in store for his career. His is surely a name we will be hearing a lot of in the near future and years to come.