Top of the pops: Adele could be dethroned from the top of the charts by upstarts WSTRN and their cheeky artwork for In2
A trio of little-known twenty-something rappers from west London could be about to topple pop diva Adele’s Hello from her perch at the top of the Official Singles Charts with their debut single In2 which entered the charts at number three. And considering they put together the catchy lyrics about wooing a girlfriend in their bedroom, it is not a bad way to announce their arrival onto the music scene.
WSTRN [pronounced Westurn] is their play on west London and their clarion call that it is the area’s turn to dominate the music scene. The hip-hop group is made up of cousins Haile, 20 from Hammersmith, Akelle Charles, 24 from Shepherd’s Bush and their friend Louis Rei, 25 from Ladbroke Grove.
Whatever happens they believe they have succeeded in putting west London on the music map and inspired many more teenagers to try their hands at making music. Everything’s happened rather quickly that they have just only put together a video which has already notched almost three million views on YouTube. The trio can be seen larking around some of the gritty parts of their neighbourhood with west London landmarks like the Hammersmith Flyover and the Trellick Tower forming backdrops.
The group told OfficialCharts.com: “It’s been sick [heartening] hearing people sing our song back at us – that’s been happening more often and every time it’s felt strange!” Dreadlocked Haile, the baby of the group who screams out the falsetto hooks says of the attention they are getting, “It’s maaaaaad.” Louis who has the gruff baritone says of their instant success: “We knew it had that feelgood effect, it makes you feel good!” Akelle concurs: “Yeah, everyone we played to early on loved it!”
They already have their celebrity fan club with Rita Ora snapchatting herself bogeying down to In2 and Lily Allen, another singer who grew up in west London attending one of their early gigs. They’d like to collaborate with Canadian rap star Drake and Wiz Khalifa. And Adele might yet heave a sigh of relief if she manages to hold on to her number one spot come Friday [13 November].