Kwengface has unveiled his long-awaited new mixtape YPB: The Archive.
The Peckham artist’s second mixtape to date, YPB: The Archive is a twelve-track showcase of his uncompromising, high-energy flow that demonstrated why he is one of the most highly rated rappers on the Drill scene and beyond. The project opens with March singles ‘Runtz’, which sees Kwengface offload effortless, hard-hitting bars amidst a suitably dark-and-menacing drill beat, and ‘Oh My’, a more energetic affair, propelled by a futuristic production. The tracks have already racked up a combined 2 million Spotify streams. Next up are April singles ‘Step Out’, which juxtaposes Kweng’s rapid-fire bars with New York driller Dusty Locane’s husky flow, and ‘10 Years’, where the Peckham mainstay looks back on his ten years on the roads and what he has achieved in that time. The latter is accompanied by an exhilarating official video which captures the vibe and accentuates the street sound of the track.
Further collabs come in the form of the triumphant ‘One Eye Open’, which includes a verse from British musical royalty Dizzee Rascal, highly-touted driller CB features on the punchy ‘Plankton’, ‘Late Night’ is a contemplative cut with Squeekz, and ‘Guns & Kettles’ is an infectious jam featuring the melodic bars of French The Kid. The cross-continental ‘Lingo’, featuring Brooklyn’s 26AR, closes things out – accentuating the global appeal that Kwengface has acquired of late.
Much loved for his uncompromising, in-your-face bars, Kwengface is best known as being a member of Peckham Boys, the South East London collective pushing the boundaries of drill. He has released a steady stream of acclaimed tracks over the past couple of years, including collaborations with the likes of Backroad Gee and Swarmz, culminating in the release of his acclaimed debut album YPB: Tha Come Up, an LP that has racked up an impressive 20 million combined audio streams and 8 million combined video views.
Going from strength to strength over the last couple of years, his debut Daily Duppy was the #1 trending video in the UK for ten days, his Fumez The Engineer ‘Plugged In’ session went viral on TikTok early last year and remains one of the most reactive ‘Plugged In’ session to date, while he even got a shout-out from Ed Sheeran on the radio and by Skepta during his own ‘Plugged In’ performance. More recently, he became the first UK artist to deliver a freestyle performance for New York platform On The Radar in January, while he is set to link up with Ed Sheeran again on an upcoming Fumez The Engineer track, as his streaming numbers continue to grow consistently.
With a list of star-studded guest collaborations, YPB: The Archive is the work of an artist firmly in his prime.