Many drill rappers use their life circumstances as subject matter for their lyrics. UK drill received worldwide attention in 2017 when comedian Michael Dapaah released the novelty song "Man's Not Hot".
In most gangs out there the females aren't directly involved in those kind of activities (I've been smoking for the best part of 3 years and i've met two female dealers, one with green, one with white). Artists within the genre have been noted for their style of lyricism and association with crime in Chicago. Drill music has also come under heavy scrutiny from the media due to its lyrics being associated to the high crime rate plaguing Chicago. " Drill lyrics strongly contrast with the subject matter of earlier Chicago rappers and contemporary mainstream hip hop, which at the time of drill's emergence tended to glorify and celebrate a rise to wealth..  Some producers work at double tempo, such as 130 to 140 beats per minute.
, Canadian musician Drake did a "Behind Barz" freestyle for Link Up TV in 2018 where he rapped over a UK drill beat.
The Guardian's Lucy Stehlik said "nihilistic drill reflects real life where its squeaky-clean hip-hop counterparts have failed. Artist such as Kanye West whom is from Chicago has worked with many Drill musicians such as Chief Keef; following the release of Chief Keef’s hit song “I Don’t Like”, Kanye West did a remix which included artists such Jada Kiss, Big Sean, Pusha T, as well as Chief Keef.  Judge Anthony Leonard QC told Simpson, "You suggested [the lyrics] were just for show but I do not believe that, and I suspect you were waiting for the right opportunity for an attack. It's not even fatalistic, because that would imply a self-consciousness, a moral consideration, that isn't there in the lyrics.
 Pitchfork's Miles Raymer said "instead of rapping about being a 'hitta'—the local term for a shooter—they rapped about being in love with hittas. Chicago is marred by gangs and guns, thus it comes to no surprise that most drill songs are heavily influenced by the gang life and the gun culture in Chicago.  In July 2019, YouTube decided it would no longer be taking down UK drill videos on YouTube. Women.  Kanye West remixed "I Don't Like" for the 2012 GOOD Music compilation Cruel Summer as "Don't Like", with features from West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss. , In June 2018, in what was described as a legally unprecedented move, the members of the UK drill group 1011 were prohibited by court order from mentioning injury or death in their music, and from mentioning certain postcodes in a "gang context". ", Stehlik called drill production style the "sonic cousin to skittish footwork, southern-fried hip-hop and the 808 trigger-finger of trap. ", While drill music of Chicago fizzled out of mainstream popularity, a new scene was emerging in the UK and by the late-2010s was gaining mainstream popularity, spreading across Europe, influencing the creation of drill scenes around the continent. Drill music artists are overwhelmingly males, however, there are numerous female artists that are part of the Drill movement. But I could. UK drill groups relied on internet platforms to distribute their music, particularly on YouTube, where platforms such as Link-Up TV, GRM Daily, SB.TV, Mixtape Madness, PacMan TV and PressPlay Media have helped various groups amass thousands, sometimes millions, of views. " Atlanta-based rappers Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame were important influences on the drill scene.