Rising Grime star ArrDee has said that he’s already recorded enough material for up to four albums, and has teased a collaboration with a mystery US star.
The MC, whose real name is Riley Davies, rose to widespread fame earlier this year after featuring prominently on the remix of Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ ‘Body’, which hit the top of the UK charts.
His debut single ‘Oliver Twist’ later peaked at number six. He’s now capped off a successful 2021 by securing two nominations at the MOBOs.
‘Body’ has secured a nod for Song of The Year, while ArrDee‘s rise has been recognised in the Best Newcomer category.
But ArrDee says he that is refusing to sit back and plans to kick off next year with an onslaught of new music.
“I got enough music now to drop three or four albums. We’re just fine cutting, but in my notes I’ve got 167 files and the majority of them are full tunes,” he told Rolling Stone UK at the MOBO nominations this morning (November 11).
“Literally, it’s just total takeover season for the next year so if you don’t like my face in public it’s about to go heavier!”
While refusing to be drawn on what fans can expect next, ArrDee teased that he is busy at work with a major American star.
“The day [latest single] ‘Flowers’ came out, I was in the studio – I’m always in there working. I actually was in the studio with a big American artist when that track dropped, I did the promo and then got back to it on FaceTime with them,” he said.
Asked if fans will hear the track soon, he replied: “Maybe, man, we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. If the music works and the vibe is there then it’s definitely going to come out.”
ArrDee also reflected on his huge success in 2021 and explained that his music and personality reflects “a certain part of UK culture”.
“It’s representative of those geezers going to the pub and having a pack of cigarettes, and now theres’s a tune to represent that side of the country.”
Elsewhere at the MOBOS nominations there were major nods for the likes of Dave, Arlo Parks and Little Simz.
Dave leads this year’s hopefuls with five nominees, having secured nods for Best Male Act, Best Hip Hop Act, Album of The Year for second album ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’, Song Of The Year for ‘Clash’ featuring Stormzy, and Video Of The Year for his Fredo collaboration ‘Money Talks’.
Little Simz has secured a trio of nominations for Best Female Act, Best Hip Hop Act, and Video of The Year for ‘Woman’.
Fresh off her Mercury Prize win in September, Arlo Parks rounds off a huge breakout year with nods for Best Newcomer, Best Female Act and Album of The Year for her acclaimed debut album ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’.
Other nominees include London rapper Central Cee, Soul star Cleo Sol and Ghetts – who secured three nods for Best Male Act, Best Grime Act, and Album Of The Year with ‘Conflict of Interest’.
Kanya King CBE, Founder and CEO of MOBO Group said: “The past 20 months have been extremely challenging for artists everywhere but as always we are seeing creatives rise up and adapt, even in a global pandemic. This year’s crop of MOBO nominees have not only shown resilience but incredible talent and range. We could not be prouder to celebrate their achievements across the 18 categories that span genres, as well as excellence in TV, film and media. Congratulations and best of luck to all of our nominees. Here’s to a big night on 5th December in Coventry!”