On the Radar: Fivio Foreign

Brooklyn rapper Fivio Foreign has yet to garner the attention of his friend and collaborator Pop Smoke (Fivio appeared on Sweetheart from Pop Smoke’s second album Meet The Woo 2) , but his infectious adlibs and immediate energy make him well poised to be the next  New York rapper to make it big. His career began in earnest with “Big Drip,” a summer anthem that didn’t come out till nearly September. The late release has not kept the track from being the biggest song out of the nascent Brooklyn Drill song since Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party,” and it has since been viewed on Youtube almost 20 million times. That track has earned him collaborations with many other Drill rappers from his borough as well as one with Atlanta trap star Rich The Kid with whom he linked up with for “Richer Than Ever.” Those looking for masterful wordplay will be disappointed with Fivio’s hook riddled songs, filled with blunt lines and abrasive energy, but the vibe he brings on the mic more than makes up for his lack of poetic chops. For months in New York City you could scarcely walk down the street without hearing Fivio’s patented “Aye Aye Aye,” adlib blasting from a car stereo or someone’s speaker on a crowded subway. With his blend uniqueness, energy, and ability to create viral hits, Fivio Foreign’s forthcoming first record has a good chance at making the next big drill star out of New York.

Written by Theo Fenton