It’s a dilemma that a number of rappers face these days. Do they record a dance music track (preferably with hit maker David Guetta) in order to secure mainstream success and get noticed by the masses or do they stick to their own genre and possibly risk never earning those superstar millions?
Well, Devlin definitely isn’t feeling the pressure of following in the footsteps of fellow (former) grime artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah, as he has admitted that he will never be releasing a dance single.
The 23-year-old told Digital Spy:
I couldn’t touch any of the dance stuff. I do rap and grime music. Certain tracks I’ve had to be clever with because I’ve been in this game for 10 years and it’s my time to earn a bit of money now. But at the end of the day, I need my credibility and it’s not all about money.
Devlin has made it clear before that he has no intention of selling out by switching to a more popular sound, so it’s good to see someone staying true to their word.
However, we could see him have a go at acting in the future after he got in to character for his new video for Watchtower featuring Ed Sheeran.
I’m not sure I’d do it myself. I really respect their talent and their ability just to switch it on in front of the cameras, but I’m sure if I’ve got the front for that! It was enjoyable and something different, so maybe in the next couple of years.
Maybe he could join the other grime stars in the next series of Top Boy?