Lord of the Mics 6 | Trapped Magazine Interviews at RedBull Studio’s

Ahead of the release of  the highly anticipated Lord of the Mics 6 Dvd we caught up with the Lord of the Mics 6 artists and team at the RedBull Studios in London Bridge, to find out more about Grime’s Battle platform and to chat to P Money and Big H about their headlining Clash.

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LORD OF THE MICS VI – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: OPIUM (@OPIUMARTIST)

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East London Grime Artist Opium went head to head with Leeds Grime Artist Dialect on the LOTM6 DVD, the official LOTM6 DVD is available on pre order from the LOTM website and will be dropping this Saturday the 28th September so we can find out who was the champion, before the release we caught up with Opium at Redbull studios for the first screening of LOTM6, to find out about his experience of clashing on Grime’s Battle platform.

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Do you have road beef with your opponent or is it just a music thing?

No Road beef man just Music, nice and melodic

Do you view LOTM as a platform to promote your talent or a platform to test your talent?

I would say test first because I’ve never battled before but people always told me that my lyrics suit the battling genre, so in that fact I really did want to test it and see how the end result would be for myself and my opponent  but for promotion I would say yes as well, regardless of LOTM I would of still been Opium and carried on my Musical journey but seeing both worlds really helps me to see both sides as a Musician.

If you couldn’t clash with bars and had to clash with Musical Instruments which would you use and why?

It would be the violin straight away, because when I was in primary school I used to play the violin, I had lessons in it and I would use that cos its like the power tool in an orchestra, it really does have an effect sound wise so yeah I would say violin and just let the strings do the job.

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Knowing that all of your fans will be watching you and possibly judging you based on this on this performance how much pressure is that and how does that affect your performance?

It’s a lot of pressure actually, because at the end of the day, who is music for? I do it for my own reasons because I like writing music and I believe I can test myself on any instrumental but for the viewers and my fans it really does put pressure on me cos they are trying to see if I have a certain level in the war, which is the art of war, battling, sending for an opponent, seeing if you can hold up against an opponent, if you can go each round, if you stumble if you forget lyrics. I look forward to hearing what people think about what I done, so yeah its like a challenge to see if people like you or they don’t, I just have to better myself regardless if the comments are good or bad.

What does Grime Music represent for you?

Everything! it’s what I started with when I went to school listening to Wiley Jammer and Pay as You Go’s, Old Skool sets, Grime let me understand that it expresses where I come from and its like the world to me. Anything that I do musically from this day on, because I like to test myself within different genres is just music but Grime will never be neglected thats why I’ve been doing it for 10 plus years with my close friends like Villain.

What is it like to work with Jammer and the LOTM team are they supportive or is it intimidating knowing that they are veterans?

First thanks to my musical journey I was MC’ing with all of the music veterans from young so for me being on Lord of the Mics has been a really supportive experience, access to studio, one on one advice from Jammer and him just generally checking up on us as people to see how were getting on with life, cos we do live a life as well as music and people forget that, so when you have elevated figures around you like the LOTM team and they do care for you and ring you, you feel that energy  so it makes you want to acknowledge them and work harder on your own aspects, so whenever you are releasing Music these people really cherish what you say.

Keep up with Opiums’s musical journey by following him on Twitter at @Opiumartist

LORD OF THE MICS VI – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: VILLAIN (@VILLAININVASION)

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East London Grime Artist Villain went head to head with Sheffield Grime Artist AK on the LOTM6 DVD and had an amazing closely contested clash in the notorious LOTM ‘Dungeon’ (Jammers Basement) the official LOTM6 DVD is available on pre order from the LOTM website and will be dropping this Saturday the 28th September so we can find out who was the champion, before the release we caught with Villain at Redbull studios for the first screening of LOTM6, to find out about his experience of clashing on such a big Grime Music Platform.

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Do you have road beef with your opponent or is just a music thing?

With my opponent? nah he’s my boy, AK’s my bredrin

Do you view LOTM as a platform to promote your talent or a platform to test your talent?

Both, I see it as, because I’ve seen LOTM obviously from 1-5, so when it was my opportunity to clash, I used it as a platform to showcase my talent and at the same time I used it to clash , so I didn’t just go straight in for the kill I showed everyone that Im a barrers as well as I can clash, so I think its both you can push everything on the platform.

If you couldn’t clash with bars and had to clash with Musical Instruments which would you use and why?

 I reckon an electric Guitar, cos that’s just like me innit its loud, and its in your face you can hear it , thats me.

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Knowing that all of your fans will be watching you and possibly judging you based on this on this performance how much pressure is that and how does that affect your performance?

To me its not really no pressure, its not a lot, its a bi,t cos my clash is a close one, its not like argh it was a quick body or it was easy, nah AK had me on the ropes so it was a hard one but if you’re a Villain fan you’ll say Villain won if you’re an AK fan you’ll say AK won its one of den ones, so realistically theres no pressure for me cos I know what I done in the dungeon, I know I was alright.

What does Grime Music represent for you?

To me Grime is a lifestyle, our own little world, when I first watched LOTM1, Risky Roadz all of them DVD’s it just made me wanna be a part of that culture. Noone does Grime, only the UK, yeah the Americans are trying a little crossover ting, trying to sound like Grime but we have our own little bubble that we need to promote as much as we can, so yeah its a lifestyle.

What is it like to work with Jammer and the LOTM team are they supportive or is it intimidating knowing that they are veterans?

At first it was a bit intimidating cos we’ve seen everything they’ve done from young so you wanna be a part of it, so finally its like I’m working with Jammer and thats a good thing ,cos when I was young I used to listen to him, if I was to go to ‘Young Man Standing’ he’d be there shutting it down, getting like six reloads for the intro of ‘Merkle Man’ and stuff like that so realistically that inspires a lot of us young artists from today, not a lot of them would admit it but nah you gotta pay your respects to da LOTM platform and what its doing for Grime right now, its a big privilege to be involved I’m very grateful.

To keep up with Villains Musical Journey follow him on Twitter @Villaininvasion

NIKE AIR TRAINER MAX ’91 – BLACK/WHITE

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Bo Jackson the greatest Dual sport athlete in modern history has been paid homage in major ways by Nike with the Nike Air SC Retro’s and new colourways making a return since last year and now the Sports brand has re issued another OG sneaker with its original colourway to again salute the bigman! The Nike Air Trainer Max ’91 features a black nubuck silhouette with contrasting white leather splashes at the Swoosh and heel, along with a unique cross strap system that provides added stability.  and it wouldnt be an air max without the  hidden Max Air unit in the heel to round out the details. This Retro OG is available now at online stockists including Rock City Kicks.

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PALACE SKATEBOARDS X ADIDAS ORIGINALS COLLECTION | FIRST LOOK

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Palace Skateboards and adidas Originals have taken the wraps off their upcoming collaborative collection. This is a dope collection of retro Tracksuits and outerwear that will make UK Palace Skateboards lovers feel a pang of nostalgia at the colourways and Muted tones, despite not being as flashy as other streetwear collections. looking at the 22 piece collection its evident that the attention to detail has not been left out, details like replacing the adidas logo with the palace skateboards logo and combing the two logos nicely on the bucket hat  show that these pieces are well suited to lovers of both brands.

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