BBC Radio 1Extra Selects Detroit Rapper Drew32 to Represent Greece in Their World Cup Freestyle Competition

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

BBC Radios 1Xtra, a national station in the UK for hip hop and R&B fans, handpicked rapper, record producer, and songwriter Drew32 to be one of 32 rappers in the world to participate in their 2014 World Cup Freestyle competition.

The 32 rappers, each representing one of the 32 countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, spit a 32-bar freestyle rhyme about their nation. Drew32, a Detroit native and Greek-American, was selected to represent Greece. He quickly put pen to pad and laid down a Greek-flavored track that not only embodies his pride in his motherland, but also captures the fierce competition of the games.

When my manger, Mark Hicks, got an email from the BBC selecting me to represent Greece, I was honored and humbled at the same time, since Im a proud Greek-American but not born and raised in Greece, reflects Drew32. I also felt, this has to be some sort of destiny – after all, 32 countries, 32 rappers, 32 bars. Its kind of awesome.

The track and video, which was shot in Athens, Greece premiered on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Saturday, June 14th, and will air for the duration of the games.

Drew32, who began rapping and producing at the age of 13, has been featured on FuseTV, Comcast OnDemand, ESPN, MTVU, Vibe, The Source, XXL and more. Following the release of his Label Me mixtape in 2012, which was hosted by DJ SKEE, Drew32 began to receive national attention thanks to his hit single I Am King ft. Jon Connor He has since recorded or performed with artists J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Gym Class Heroes, Hoodie Allen, Royce Da 5’9, Jon Connor, Chris Webby, Kirko Bangz and more.

In addition to the BBC Radio 1Xtra World Cup Freestyle competition, Drew32 also has two tracks (“Hello” and “Best in the World”) appearing daily on ESPNS First Take, throughout the month of June and has had his music video, “True Colors”, programmed on MTV On Demand. Drew32 is quickly rising through the ranks of Detroits music scene, solidifying 2014 will become his breakthrough year. Taking the recent buzz in perspective Drew32 reflects, Im still hungry. Real hungry.

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Detroit-native Drew32 has performed or worked with the likes of J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Gym Class Heroes, The New Boyz, Kirko Bangz, Travis Porter, Royce 59 and been spotted freestyling at events such as the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. While he draws inspiration from the artists he has worked with, he prides himself specifically on his ability to both produce, write lyrics and rap. Drew32 released his latest mixtape, The Batch: Volume One, in 2013, which immediately went Bronze on Most recently, he released the track Best in the World which is currently being used on ESPNs First Take. He is working on his next mixtape, The Batch: Volume Two.


Radio 1Xtra launched on 16 August 2002, and over the past decade the station has played a pivotal role in changing the UKs musical landscape, bringing urban music to the mainstream. 1Xtra has grown from a fledgling digital network championing urban music when few others were, to become a mainstream network with over one million listeners, which has helped to support the growth of Grime from a London-centric trend to a national phenomenon and supported artists from the start of their careers who have gone on to be massive stars including Plan B, Wretch 32 and Tinie Tempah. The station has also been instrumental in supporting the best international urban music, being the first national UK station to playlist Kayne West in 2003, Rihanna in 2005 and Frank Ocean in 2011.

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