Last year may have been Motive105’s first full year releasing music, but you wouldn’t have known it. The West Londoner dropped two impressive projects in The Drive Downtown: Part One & Part Two, building momentum via his striking visuals and hard-hitting lyricism, with his comments sections regularly drawing comparisons to J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. This may seem like a reach if you haven’t yet heard his music, but exploring topics such as fatherhood and community over soulful instrumentals, Motive is clearly a man of purpose and someone who takes great pride in the craftsmanship of his art. Currently working on his debut album, if what he’s put out so far is any indication, he’s about to shake the room in 2022. —Aaron Bishop