The subgenre has a lot of momentum right now. With a Cardi B co-sign and a stranglehold on TikTok, it’s only a matter of time until other big artists tap into the scene and help it reach another level, similar to what Drake did two summers ago when he put a Brooklyn drill song on Dark Lane Demo Tapes. What happens after that is where things get interesting.

“I feel like it’s going to go commercial,” Cash Cobain says. “I feel like a lot of people are going to tap in, and this summer is going to go crazy. I don’t know how everyone else is going to evolve, but I know I’m going to evolve. Shit’s going to go crazy, but there’s always going to be another wave that’s going to come.”

An example of the kind of sample drill that’s “gone commercial” can be found on Fivio Foreign’s new album. Fivio sampled Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” on B.I.B.L.E., but as Cobain explains, it didn’t have that Bronx grit that makes sample drill distinct. “The sound of it is too polished,” Cash says. “There was nothing gritty about the shit. It’s like TikTok [music]. The beats were fire, but he didn’t get them shits from Cash.” Producers like Cash are why sample drill has an industrial flair that separates it from the rest of the drill scene.

The commercialization of sample drill seems inevitable, and Cash Cobain is coming to peace with that. “Everything comes to an end,” he says. “It was our time for the sample drill, and this shit is going to come and go. I hate when shit gets oversaturated and commercialized, too, but what else are we doing this for? Are we doing this to keep it to ourselves, or give it to the world? It’s a bittersweet moment.”