Octavian Wins BBC Sound of 2019

He became the first rapper to win the poll since 50cent.

The results are in and French rapper Octavian has topped the BBC Sound of 2019 poll. The 23-year-old joins previous winners including Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding in the industry poll that has traditionally anointed the next big thing in music.

Commenting on the win, Guardian pop critic Alexis Petridis said, “His music exists outside the security of a scene or sub-genre – it carves out a space of its own, somewhere between grime, drill and trap, drawing in influences from beyond their confines. For all the vulnerability in his lyrics – he left home at his mother’s behest aged 15, a state of affairs that clearly left its mark – there’s a poise and self-assurance about his work that goes beyond the standard rapper’s bluster.”

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