As a London-native, Milli Jean has dreams of rocking a sold out show at the O2 Arena. He’s seen some of his biggest inspirations achieve success with their music, and he plans to be next.

Before he first stepped into a studio, Milli studied his biggest inspirations, from Digga D to NBA YoungBoy. While he drew from many different artists and genres, his style is decisively his own: it feels like he’s effortlessly talking into the microphone, yet somehow sustaining the same gritty energy that has made drill music so popular.

Milli unleashed a slew of different flows that revolved around an anthem-like hook on his debut track “Different.” His return is marked by another raucous track, titled “Lady,” which sees Milli break down a fiery drill beat produced by M1onthebeat. For such a new artist, the track demonstrates his impressive understanding of when to work in complex rhyme patterns and when to hit the breaks to let the beat breathe.

Milli wants to change how people think of and listen to drill music: he wants to erase the violent stigma around the genre and have people turn up to it instead. It’s a lofty goal, but he takes a strong step in the right direction on “Lady.”