If there’s one track that’s been near inescapable for the most part of this year, it’s been Desiigner’s Panda.
Whether you heard it heavily sampled on Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo, or in one of its many parodies, remixes and renditions by celebrities since, everyone now knows that Desiigner’s “got broads in Atlanta”, online, at least.
After many hints and much speculation, the 19-year-old rapper has now announced his debut mixtape, titled New English. Considering he’s only released a handful of tracks to date, this will no doubt be great news for his live audiences and those keen to tap him as a ‘next big thing’, but are worried that he might fall to the status of a one-trick
Announced via Def Jam Recordings earlier today, the release will be premiered at a listening party in New York City (albeit on a smaller scale to the kind of premiere Kanye West has been working with), with the mixtape expected to be released online afterwards.
While there’s no doubt that Desiigner has been comfortably riding Panda’s wave of success – featuring as an XXL Freshman of 2016 and making many TV and festival appearances, many have high hopes for the recent G.O.O.D Music signee, and we can only hope that this mixtape proves as much. He’s also announced a debut album, Life of Desiigner, but no further details have been announced as of yet.
We’re looking forward to New English, the next step in defining how Desiigner’s career continues. Will he maintain the standard he set with Panda? Or will the hype kill it? Only time will tell.