About “Octavian”

Created by Topceejoseph 1 year ago

Octavian Oliver Godji (born 22 January 1996), known mononymously as Octavian, is a French-British rapper, singer, and songwriter from London. In 2019 he won the BBC's Music of Sound Award, their top award for new artists. He has appeared on tracks produced by Diplo, Mura Masa, Take a Day Trip, JRick and A2. He has collaborated with Skepta, A$AP Ferg and many others. He is signed to Black Butter Records.

Octavian was born in Lille, France to an Angolan family. After his father died, he moved to the UK with his mother at the age of three, settling in Camberwell, South London. As a teenager, he won a scholarship to the Brit School, but dropped out after a year and a half.

Octavian's first mixtape, 22, was released in 2016 under the name "Octavian OG", followed by the Essie World EP in 2017.  His recognition increased in January 2018 after a video of Drake singing along to the track "Party Here" at a Golden Globes afterparty,  posted on Instagram. The track was produced in collaboration with producer J Rick.

The Fader have described Octavian's sound as a mixture of house, rap, and drill, as well as noting that his sound was influenced by Drake and Bon Iver. Pitchfork have described the sound as mixing "R&B and dancehall with downbeat grime, peppy house, and UK hip-hop". Critics have disagreed about how to classify Octavian's style, with High Snobiety noting that he is "Too British to be labeled trap but too American to be classed as grime"