The Rise of Teeway
14 Jan 2021
Over the last year, Drill music has crept to the forefront of British Rap, taking more spots in the Official Charts, to gaining recognition and praise from all corners of the world, British Drill has become the new face of all things popping. Pushing London aside, other parts of the country are breaking through and showcasing the talent they have to offer, from the likes of Digga D, M1llionz, Unknown T, Abra Cadabra and many more flying the flag, it is safe to say the U.K scene is bursting at its seams!
Hailing from South London is one of the most looked-to acts within the skittering sounds of Drill, catching the attention of many up and down the nation is Teeway. Standing in a lane of his own, the London native has burst through the scene with his skilled pen, street poetics, vigorous flows, and self-assured confidence, blowing all the lovers of Drill off their feet. Having recently taken to socials to announce his forthcoming and highly awaited EP entitled ‘5th Chapter’, we took a deeper dive into Teeway’s ever-growing rise to success.
Stepping into the game back in 2018 with his “Anglo Saxon” hit, he took to the Mixtape Madness channel to upload the accompanying visuals; currently sat at just over 150,000 views on YouTube alone, this energy-driven offering got the TL talking in no time at all. Taking advantage of the fact that heat was surrounding his name, 2019 turned out to be an impressive year for the budding emcee as he shortly returned with his second offering in the form of “Tramp”.
Picking up momentum, he let his dexterous flow take centre stage with the spring drop entitled “Emergency”; “We must get rich with an urgency / Deservedly, we serve, and leave / I lost people and it’s hurtin’ me” he rhymed. Reputable for his street poetics, point-blanc delivery, and all-round fearless energy, Teeway began building a hungry fan-base that were eager to hear more. In May of 2019, he unveiled the visuals to “Bingo”, dressed in black from head to toe, wearing his signature “mask”, this steady-paced cut became another stand-out track to his growing catalogue of work.
Quickly proving himself as one to watch, he made an appearance on Mixtape Madness’s signature segment ‘Next Up?’ after releasing the head-bopping and hard-hitting track “Honda Civ”. Stood in-front of the city scape, Teeway took on a LeoBeatz production with ease. Although it only clocks in at just over 2 minutes long, many of his supporters took to the comments to air their opinions, one of which said “He might have the most distinct style in drill after miz” – do you agree?
With an encouraging welcoming from Kenny Allstar on his highly awaited ‘Voice of The Streets’ freestyle, Kenny opened with; “You see in the Drill scene, there are a lot of rappers! A lot of guys do their thing, but I honestly think this guy is a breath of fresh air in the scene. I’ve been supporting him for a long time and playing his records, but it’s only right we get the ‘Voice of The Streets’ freestyle to show the world wagwarn! It’s Teeway in the house!” – and he wasn’t lying! This time, clocking in at just over 6 minutes, Teeway gave supporters what they were waiting to hear – straight greaze!
Closing out what had been a successful year for the budding talent, he let his artistry be known in the vigorous cut titled “Statements”; “I saw the future, That’s So Raven / Would they believe their statements? / The gangdem locked, but they know what’s what / We shoot in the woods like Kaylum / The spin-ting come like Freddie and Jason / It’s just revolving statement”. It was only a matter of time before the London emcee entered 2020 with a bang!
Stepping into 2020 with his “Year of the Real” collaboration alongside fellow rising stars M1llionz, Pa Salieu and Meekz, this top-notch track has accumulated over 7 million views on YouTube alone since it’s release. Each boasting their fearless bravado, Teeway bodied his verse with ease; “Verbal abuse from pussies / All for the crutch, that’s tired / Revolvers that bang / Pinocchio gang cah the whole of your gangdem liars / Check it, ST livin’ in cunch / He’ll spin it on drunks and the waigons too”.
In the latter end of March last year, he followed through with what is arguably one of his strongest tracks to date, “Private Ryan”. Certifying his position in the game, he took on a dark and piano-led beat courtesy of Sebzbeats with a profound and impassioned flow. Impressing many across the nation, Teeway’s name was pushed even further out with this one!
Now it was only right that he would eventually follow up his ‘Next Up?’ freestyle with a top-tier ‘Mad About Bars’. Returning to the channel once again, he boasted not only his progression but his sauce-full pen. Racking up over 500,000 views, he closed out the year with “Dinner Time”, with supporter’s waiting eagerly for a project to drop, the greaze-enriched track is filled from start to finish with rapid-flows over a Zenith-production.
It’s comes to no surprise as to why Teeway is being championed as one of British Drill’s most exciting talents to push through, with an un-matched catalogue of work behind him not to mention his appearance on the Top Boy soundtrack, he’s without question a force to be reckoned with.