Headie One tops album chart with debut album, Edna


By Imprint Savage

BBC song reporter


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image captionThe prolific rapper has launched eight mixtapes and one album since 2014

Tottenham-born rapper Headie One has topped the UK charts along with his debut album, Edna.

Songs from the file, which is dedicated to his slack mother, were streamed 25.5 million times remaining week, said the Pleasurable Charts Firm.

A innovative marriage of drill, trap, UK rap, dancehall and US hip-hop, it confronts the turbulent realities of rising up in Britain’s internal cities.

It tops the chart honest six months after the rapper was launched from penal advanced.

The 26-yr-outdated, whose staunch title is Irving Adjei, had been jailed in for carrying a knife, and later described the ride as a “take-heed call”.

“These roughly situations was my normality years within the past,” he told The Guardian, relating to 3 outdated penal advanced terms from his adolescence.

“It was a take-heed call that it indisputably is a skinny line – one substandard transfer and it is all over the put, it is support to what you inclined to dream to get out of.”

By the purpose he was jailed in January, the rapper was already one of many ideal names in UK rap, with a string of increasingly-impressive mixtapes and a visitor slot on Stormzy’s 2nd album, Heavy Is The Head.

An eighth mixtape, Gang, hit streaming products and companies internal hours of his originate, and entered the charts at quantity five.

It marked a transfer far from the rapper’s origins in drill – a darker, bleaker variant of grime – in direction of a more melodic, less insular sound.

That involves elephantine fruition on Edna, seriously on the chart-busting single Ain’t It Various, whose catchy hooks veil a message about the slow fact of penal advanced existence (“You ain’t ever made a birthday cake from digestive biscuits,” he raps at one point).

In quite loads of locations, he resolves to “true my wrongs”, promising to compose “a quite loads of procedure of livin'” despite the mockery of his former friends.

“Edna is proof that he is the unmistakeable, global ‘King of drill’, and well-known more apart from,” concluded the NME. “It is a transfer into the mainstream, with out forgetting where it all began.”

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image captionThe neatly-known person’s mother died when he was honest three years outdated

“Having my debut album hurry to no 1 arrangement loads to me,” said the neatly-known person, who posed along with his Pleasurable Chart Award at his mother’s graveside.

“Edna,” he added, “that is for you.”

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The album tops the charts after a cessation three-procedure battle with fellow UK rappers D-Block Europe and the slack John Lennon.

Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth, a new compilation produced by his widow Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon to stamp what would were his 80th birthday, enters the chart at quantity three.

D-Block Europe’s debut, The Blue Print – Us vs Them, is at quantity two.

Within the singles chart, 24kGoldn’s Mood feet Iann Dior holds tight at no 1 – and Fleetwood Mac’s Desires re-enters the High 40 for the first time in 43 years,

The tune, which has considered a surge in recognition after soundtracking a viral video on TikTok, rose 18 locations to Number 37 this week.

Written and sung by Stevie Nicks, it finest made quantity 24 upon its authentic originate in August 1977.

Alternatively, its success has endured through the years, racking up nearly 100 million streams within the UK since streaming records was incorporated into the charts in 2014.

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