Following the tremendous viral success of his Mixtape Madness freestyle ‘Cheeky Bars,’ Brighton artist ArrDee was welcomed into the UK rap scene in January 2021. (which now boasts 6.5million views). With his larger-than-life, bravado-streaked rap style, which blended the machismo of Ludacris, Big L, and Benny Banks with an internet-age musical motherboard, ArrDee – real name Riley Davies – was swiftly singled out as one of the UK’s most promising artists.
The Drake-inspired ‘6AM In Brighton’ and a feature on the remix of Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ huge single ‘Body’ (the first drill track to top the UK charts) only added to the hype surrounding ArrDee, and that’s not even counting his three other top 10 singles (‘Oliver Twist,’ Digga D collaboration ‘Wasted,’ and ‘Flowers (Say My Name)’).
Now it’s time for his fittingly titled first mixtape ‘Pier Pressure,’ which, as the Lola Young-featured single ‘Who Woulda Thought’ explores, mostly seeks to chronicle the coming-of-age story of its disposable delinquent-turned-rap superstar creator.
ArrDee contemplates the personal ramifications of his strong work ethic on ‘Late Night Driving.’ He raps with introspective conviction over a guitar-laden, hi-hat-heavy melody, “It’s 5AM on the m’way / I been all booth all night, giving my all.” “I haven’t seen my mother in over a month, and I am missing her.” With the vintage UK garage song ‘Flowers (Say My Name),’ ArrDee interpolates Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’ and Sweet Female Attitude’s ‘Flowers,’ delivering sassy and confident bars. In the hook, he informs one love interest, “There’s no way I’mma stand in the rain.” “I still have the power to make you speak my name, say my name, say my name / Life without me can drive you nuts.”
Meanwhile, on ‘No Biggie,’ ArrDee uses a 2000s-style flow that harkens back to the days of party rap earworms, while on ‘War,’ he collaborates with Manchester rapper Aitch over a dramatic yet over-produced tune.
Although several of the songs on this mixtape (‘Fruitella,’ ‘Come & Go,’ for example) lack the rapper’s typical lyrical acumen, the 11-track effort is mercifully not overburdened with guest appearances that seem like contractual duties. Instead, ArrDee peppers the song with radio-friendly drill sounds, great rhymes, and nightclub belters matching his persona, ensuring that ‘Pier Pressure’ captures a rapper on the ascent.
More About ArrDee:
Riley Davies, better known by his stage name ArrDee, was born on September 17, 2002, in Brighton, England, and is swiftly rising to become one of the country’s most intriguing upcoming musicians. His name is derived from his initials, which are RD.
Initially wowing fans with freestyles on social media platforms like as Instagram, one of the elusive Brighton artist’s first public performances came in the form of a BL@CKBOX Freestyle in 2019, which attracted a steady following.
On January 24th, 2021, ArrDee released his debut music, “Cheeky Bars,” to his followers. The music video for the song has received over 3 million views since its debut, giving ArrDee a platform to reach new heights. ArrDee’s next project, “6am In Brighton,” would be launched in March 2021, and it wouldn’t be long until he released it.
On Russ Millions & Tion Wayne’s “Body (Remix),” which went popular on TikTok, the Brighton native would drop a verse. He’d get into the studio with Fumez The Engineer soon after, and only two weeks later, he’d release a highly awaited freestyle for his Plugged In series.
ArrDee capitalized on his newfound fame by releasing his fourth track, “Oliver Twist,” in June 2021, which, predictably, went viral on TikTok. The song is his greatest success to date, debuting at #7 on the Official Charts in the United Kingdom.
2. War by ArrDee & Aitch
3. Oliver Twist
4. Flowers (Say My Name)
5. No Biggie
6. Early Hours
7. Late Night Driving
9. Come & Go
11. Who Woulda Thought? (Ft. Lola Young)
12. Body (Remix) by Russ Millions & Tion Wayne (Ft. ArrDee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, DARKOO, E1 (3×3), Fivio Foreign & ZT (3×3))
13. Wasted by Digga D & ArrDee
14. Wid It by Tion Wayne & ArrDee