Octavian (rapper)

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Birth nameOliver Godji
Born (1996-01-22) January 22, 1996 (age 23)
Lille, France
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer
Years active2016–present

Oliver Godji (born 1996), better known by his stage name Octavian, is a French-British rapper from London. He released his first full-length mixtape, Spaceman, on 10 September 2018, and has appeared on tracks by Mura Masa and A2. He is signed to the Sony label Black Butter.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Lille, France, from an Ivorian family. After his father died he moved to London when he was three with his mother, and settled in Camberwell, South London.[1] As a teenager he won a scholarship to the Brit school, but dropped out.[2]

Music career[edit]

His first mixtape, 22, was released in 2016, followed by the Essie World EP in 2017.[1] Octavian's recognition increased in January 2018 after the publication of an Instagram video of Drake singing along to the track "Party Here" at a Golden Globes after party.[1][3]

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.[4] Pitchfork have described the sound as mixing "R&B and dancehall with downbeat grime, peppy house, and UK hip-hop".[5] 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".[3]

The Guardian described his 2018 mixtape Spaceman as "a spectacular medley of the past decade of UK subgenres – the raspy-voiced rapper amalgamates elements of drill, grime and house to create something dextrous and distinctive."[2] Pitchfork described the release as "daring eclecticism".[6]

In August 2018, Octavian signed with Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs.[7]. He won BBC Music's Sound of 2019 in January of that year [8].



Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 10 September 2018
  • Label: Black Butter Limited
  • Formats: digital download
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"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Essie World


Title Year Album
"Party Here" 2017 Non-album singles
"Hands" 2018
"Move Me"[9]
(with Mura Masa)
"Revenge" Spaceman

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"New Shapes"[10]
(Diplo featuring Octavian)
2019 Europa[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Meet Octavian: the UK rapper with a hand on his heart". Red Bull. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  2. ^ a b Mahanty, Shannon (2018-09-06). "Octavian: the rising rapper who beat homelessness and pigeonholes". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  3. ^ a b "Octavian Is the Drake-Approved UK Rapper Set to Light up 2018". Highsnobiety. 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  4. ^ "Octavian found his sound, and U.K. rap is better for it". The Fader. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  5. ^ "Octavian Is Shaping the Sound of Rap in 2018—Just Ask Drake | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  6. ^ "Octavian : SPACEMAN Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  7. ^ "Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs sign UK rapper Octavian to global deal - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  8. ^ "Octavian: The rapper who went from homelessness to winning the BBC Music Sound of 2019". BBC News. 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  9. ^ "Move Me - Single by Mura Masa & Octavian". Apple Music (UK). 14 June 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  10. ^ "New Shapes (feat. Octavian) - Single by Diplo". Apple Music (UK). 9 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Hear Diplo's New Trap-Pop Song 'New Shapes' From 'Europa' EP". Rolling Stone. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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