In October, five New York City rappers—Pop Smoke, Casanova, Don Q, Sheff G, and 22Gz—were scheduled to perform at Rolling Loud NYC. Days before, the festival removed the rappers from its lineup after receiving a letter from the NYPD citing each artist as “public safety concerns.” The spirit of New York’s rap scene was not missed, however, thanks to Brooklyn rapper Fivio Foreign’s viral song “Big Drip.” Throughout the weekend, the record was played in DJ sets across stages, and Juice WRLD brought Fivio onstage (with his whole entourage) to perform the track.
While he’s been making and releasing music for over a year, “Big Drip” is Fivio’s breakout hit—the music video has reached over nine million views in two months, with nearly eight million plays on SoundCloud. Similarly to other Brooklyn drill rappers, he looked to a producer from the UK, AXL, for the “Big Drip” beat, whom he now works with closely. Fivio Foreign has reportedly signed a seven-figure deal with Columbia Records.