• SL

    SL is from Croydon, a grey suburban town just outside London, and he's part of the buzzing UK drill scene. At only 16 years old, he is also one of the UK's most exciting and intriguing talents. He released the hypnotic, violent "Gentleman" in 2017 and at the time of writing the video now has nearly 15 million views on YouTube.

    "SL is a unique case," Ciaran Thapar wrote in our extensive piece on the UK drill scene. "This is not only because of his laid back style of rapping compared to more high energy contemporaries. It is also because up until now, rather than standalone talents, crews have dominated the drill scene." With a conversational delivery, witty but poignant observations, and high budget videos like "Tropical," SL goes into 2018 with a lot of momentum. So far, he hasn't missed.

    Beyond the artists on this list, there is a lot of talent in the UK drill scene right now. Learn more here.