Camden Crawl 2014 Interviews: #2 – Lady Lykez
As the next part of our Camden Crawl coverage we are following up the in depth festival review of the some of the best shows of the music marathon, with four artist interviews who we are tipping for success –
The second interview is with Lady Lykez – one of the most exciting rappers in the UK who transcends boundaries across hip hop and grime – with a background of clashing the boys in the North London youth clubs, Lykez has released a string of heavy hitting singles which led K Koke to ask for a feature verse and an appearance on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth!
Blatantly Blunt: What was the reaction from Love my butt – did you get criticism from parents and teachers etc?
Lady Lykez: No, they loved it – although it may appear that way at first its not explicit or dirty – and I had the opportunity to perform it at schools, under the premise of body image, where I got to talk to the kids about the media putting pressure on how women should be. I taught them that no matter what shape or size you are, you should be happy with it – parents definitely get the whole message behind it!
How long have you been in the game?
I have been doing music since thirteen! I got my name clashing the guys, around youth clubs in North London alongside the likes of Double S and Chipmunk (as he was known then). From there I’ve developed and progressed into an artist – but if you don’t have the right team around you it makes this very hard and although I am an independent artist I have management who help me.
How would you position yourself in the scene?
I feel like im quite diverse – you will never hear the same thing from me – people are starting to get that and I’m receiving some great support from the likes of Charlie Sloth which i’m really grateful for.
Tell me about your current single, Psycho – did you notice any parallels with Eminem – Stan?
I’ve always been a big fan of Eminem but I never went in with the intention of copying what he did. However I definitely saw how there are parallels – the two songs are very honest and open.
I’ve had lots of girls tweet me saying how I’ve made it acceptable to behave like that! How there’s lots of psychos out there – I just wanted to get across the thin line between love and hate – in a crazy destructive relationship.
And how did the K Koke remix come about?
Koke tweeted me towards the end of the promo campaign for the song, and suggested doing a remix. We discussed it and we were both up for it. Over the next couple days we had a jamming session then he came to my studio and we did it, in a really short time frame. It helped get the song out to people that maybe hadn’t heard it before so it worked well for that reason.
What’s your opinion on the massive emergence of the female emcees over the past couple of years in the UK?
We are getting to the point where it’s not abnormal, compared to how it was when I was coming up – When you see one or two girls rapping, people notice – but as more emerge it becomes a bigger trend appearing.
We were always there but people are being given more of a chance now – but we have to always be on top of our game in this male dominated industry – it’s like back in school – the one girl in the football team used to make a big effort to get her self recognized!
Any tips for anyone trying to get to your position?
Work hard, master your craft – ensure your lyrics, flow, voice and beats are all banging.