The Top Boy series Soundtrack album is finally here. Available for download and streaming, the music project contains 17 songs on it. The British crime drama will be featuring a ton of the hottest rappers from the United Kingdom, including Giggs, Headie One, AJ Tracey, Dave, and more.
Baka, Fredo, Little Simz, and many more are set to make appearances on the show’s soundtrack but many are speaking about how Drake’s sole appearance comes by way of the official bonus cut. The “Behind Barz” freestyle, which we first heard a year ago, will be released as the final song on the playlist.
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Drake posted a picture of actor Ashley Walters in the east London crime drama Top Boy. He was a fan of the cult show.
But the biggest rapper in the world was disappointed to find out it had just been cancelled by Channel 4.
For most fans of the show, that was that – they had to make do with the eight episodes which had aired over two seasons between 2011 and 2013.
But Drake – being Drake – had the power to bring it back.
“Next thing I knew, we were sitting in a room with Netflix. And here we are,” Ashley tells Radio 1 Newsbeat at the premiere of the show’s revival.
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Top Boy’s first two seasons were praised for their authenticity and accurate reflection of life on a Hackney estate.
“The show’s about London… it’s about our life, our culture,” says Ashley.
That could be why, as Ashley says, Toronto-born Drake “didn’t want to change anything creatively… it was just about remaking the show that he loves so much”.
As an executive producer, Drake – a well-known fan of British music and culture – wants the show to feel as close to the original as possible.
“At first it was kind of, just for me, I was like – I need this back. But then I realised how much it meant to so many people,” he told Netflix at the premiere.
[02:35] 01. Nafe Smallz – Riding On E
[02:17] 02. Fredo – Freddy
[03:18] 03. Headie One – Hard To Believe
[03:18] 04. Baka Not Nice – My Town feat. Giggs
[03:24] 05. M Huncho – One Summer
[02:18] 06. Youngs Teflon – Overseer
[03:37] 07. Dave – Professor X
[02:03] 08. SL – 100 Thoughts
[02:40] 09. Popcaan – Billions feat. Quada
[03:17] 10. AJ Tracey – Elastic
[03:27] 11. Ghetts – Listen
[02:58] 12. Avelino – Belly of the Beast
[02:34] 13. Little Simz – Venom
[03:06] 14. teeway – Feeling It
[03:41] 15. Nafe Smallz – 8 Missed Calls
[05:14] 16. Dave – God’s Eye
[02:43] 17. Drake – Behind Barz
Listen and download below.