One of the most keenly-awaited UK rap tracks in a long time has finally arrived. About a month ago, Tottenham-hailing rhymer Chy Cartier shared a snippet of “Bossed Up”, a track packed with grit and determination, and it caught an immediate buzz. But it has to be said: the rap newcomer’s previous singles, “Hella Rare”, “Show Me Love” and “Suit That”, have been great launching pads for what is about to be a breakout hit for her.
Produced by GW & RP, the “Bossed Up” clip pulled in praise and co-signs from the likes of Stormzy, Digga D, Potter Payper, Youngs Teflon and Wretch 32. A clip of the accompanying video, directed by Florian Joahn, was previewed earlier this week and took that buzz even further—slick and dramatic, it paints Chy in bold greyscale as she lets rip in front of the concrete city sprawl.
“‘Bossed Up’ is about having solid ambition and despite whatever challenges you may encounter, you should never give up on your dreams,” Chy Cartier tells Complex. “You can achieve anything you put your mind to—so go and get it! The hook looks back to my early years, the quick meals I used to eat before the uptown meals. The track is a self-celebration and affirmation for all my efforts to get to where I want to be.”
Peep the visuals for “Bossed Up” exclusively above and be sure to add the song to your playlists.