Meet $avage KD, The African-Australian Artist/Producer Exploring the Melodic Sounds of Drill and Trap

The IFPI has reported that the global music recording industry had a value of $25.9 billion in 2021. This represents a substantial increase of 18.5% compared to 2020. A great deal of the music industry’s revenue is generated from streaming services with these services representing 65% of all the revenue generated by the music industry. The paid streaming service segment of the music industry grew at 21.9% which is greater than the rate at which the rest of the market grew. By the end of 2021 streaming services had acquired 523 million paid users. 

The Origins of Trap and Drill 

Trap Music is a subgenre of rap which was created in the Southern states of the US in the early 2000s. This genre of music derives its name from the term trap which is an Atlanta slang word for a house used for the purpose of selling drugs. Musically, trap is predominantly composed of synthesized drums with a heavy emphasis on snare drums and hi-hats. Trap is also known for its sparse usage of other instruments. From a lyrical standpoint the subgenre focuses heavily on themes of drug use and endemic urban violence. 

Trap made its mainstream crossover in the 2010s and has since become one of the most popular genres of music in America. This is evidenced by the success which trap music and artists have seen on the Billboard Hot 100. Trap music has also been highly influential on other musical genres with many major pop artists infusing trap elements into their music. 

Drill music is a subgenre of trap which originated in Chicago in the early 2010s. Drill also entered the mainstream in America around a similar time to trap music. Lyrically speaking Drill music is violent, infused with grit and highly realistic. It is considered to be a counterpoint to mainstream rap at the time of its inception as this rap was focussed more closely on the acquisition of wealth. Drill takes its inspiration from the extreme violence of life in certain areas of Chicago which are synonymous with gangsterism. 

$avage KD 

Takudzwa Matsatsa known professionally as $avage KD is an up and coming artist exploring both the trap and drill subgenres of rap. He was born in Luton in the United Kingdom and subsequently moved to the Australian city of Melbourne where he now resides. It was after moving to Australia that $avage KD developed his love for music. He draws inspiration from artists such as Travis Scott, Tory Lanez, 21 Savage and Trippie Redd.

$avage KD got his start making music in Garageband which was initially a hobby which he pursued for the fun of the music making process. At only 16 years of age, in 2018, he decided that music was the direction which he wanted to pursue and released his first single titled “Gimme Chicken”. Part of the reason that $avage KD pursued music was to provide hope to people who felt lost and needed to connect to others who felt the same way. 

While $avage KD explores both trap and drill his primary focus and style is that of melodic drill. He has collaborated with many artists during his career and the most notable of these artists are Lxrdmc and Kingdrip. His most recent project is an EP which is titled “Until Tomorrow” and is a combination of reflective lyricism and melodic rhythms. $avage KD’s latest song “Could Be Friends (slowed)” was featured on an editorial playlist on Spotify and has garnered over 100,000 streams. His combined Spotify streams exceeds 200,000 and this is only going to increase with time. 

Final Thoughts 

The sub genres of trap and drill started out as niche responses to the horrific violence which plagues American urban life. Both of these sub genres have made successful mainstream crossovers without losing their distinctive musical and lyrical bite. The African-Australian Artist/Producer $avage KD is exploring these genres in a melodic manner and is making a name for himself in the music scene. His dedication to his craft and his pronounced work ethic ensure that he produces a high quality of original music.