New Zealand beatmaker Montell2099 has teamed up with Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage for "Hunnid on the Drop," available now with Red Bull Sound Select.
Montell2099's warped drum programming and haunted melody sets up 21 Savage (Drake, Future, Meek Mill) to deliver evocative verses that cement his status as one of the most explosive new rappers. The track premieres in the US today on influential website Pigeons and Planes.
Co-signed by Mr. Carmack, Sango and Soulection, Montell2099 is rising as an exciting new electronic artist to emerge out of New Zealand. Just a month ago he released an authorised remix of Lorde’s Green Light with fellow Kiwis SACHI, receiving over 135,000 streams on Soundcloud.
"I'm super excited to share this track with the world,” Montell2099 says. “I still find it buzzy how far I’ve come in the past three years. I was making beats at my grandparents house in a little town, then a couple of years later I’m in a studio in LA making a track with 21 Savage. It’s still pretty surreal."
"I was approached by Red Bull Sound Select in New Zealand with the idea of a collaboration. I made a list of artists I would like to work with, and 21 Savage was one of the artists. When Red Bull told me he was keen, I went on a beat making spree! Within a couple days I had at least 20 ideas made for him. He chose the 3rd beat I played for him and did his thing in the booth. Within a couple hours the track was done.
"This is my first proper single as an artist so for it to be a collaboration with 21 Savage is so dope. I hope this inspires and motivates young kids from NZ to do what they love and follow their dreams.”