Wrap Up And Watch Out: Lady Lykez
Long gone are the days when a female MC was a rarity. Nowadays women are continuously showcasing their talent in their numbers and it's refreshing that we are at the point now where a great rapper is a great rapper, regardless of gender. Lady Lykez has been causing a stir since appearing on the BBC Introducing stage at both Reading and Leeds and supporting Method Man and Redman. The Wrap Up's James Walsh caught up with the 22-year-old to talk early beginnings and her new mixtape 'Lykez Me Now'...
The Wrap Up: Hey Lykez! First off, who were your earliest musical influences?
Lady Lykez: I used to listen to Missy Elliott, she had so much swag, so much style… she blatantly had it and delivered on every track. I loved Eve's tone of voice too. If your voice is crap, people switch off, but hers was sick and I loved how she used to ride a beat. I liked Eminem and Busta Rhymes too.
TWU: You’re new mixtape is out now. Can you tell us a bit about 'Lykez Me Now'?
Lady Lykez: Each track on there is different. I'm very versatile and I've put a bit of everything on there to show people what I can do. It's a promo of what is to come; when you hear the EP you'll get a feel for who Lady Lykez is. There's a track called 'I.T' which is a little naughty and has lots of sexual innuendo and metaphors, then there is 'Sky's Not The Limit' which is uplifting. As much as I enjoy freestyle bars I love writing conceptual songs.
TWU: 'Not Your Hair' is also a big tune. How did the remix with Lady Leshurr, Lioness and Stush come about?
Lady Lykez: It's a fun song that the majority of women can relate to; the original is quite quirky and the remix is a lot harder. I wanted to come at it from a different angle and each of the girls approach it differently. It's a very relevant track on a big subject and whilst we are having fun, it runs deeper - as the comments online show. All three of the girls are my friends and I didn't have to go through management or anything like that. I just sent them the track; they all loved the concept and came to the studio. They're all incredibly talented spitters. Guys find the track hilarious too!
TWU: Who do you hope your music resonates with and what do you want people to take away from listening to your music?
Lady Lykez: I literally want everyone in the world to listen to my music. Some people are obsessed with listening to one genre but I want worldwide domination and I want everyone to enjoy it. It's why I write songs everyone can relate to; girls and guys. I don't write songs about £1,000 bottles of champagne being popped in the club because not everyone can relate to that.
TWU: How do you differ from other rappers on the scene at the moment?
Lady Lykez: This is a statement. I'm not an MC, I'm an artist. Point blank. I don't just stick to one thing or want to be boxed in. I'm a rapper – but it’s good music first and foremost.
TWU: Finally, what has 2013 got in store for Lady Lykez?
Lady Lykez: I've just finished a school tour and I'll be doing another one in January and February. I work with a crime prevention company called 'Only Connect' and we go to schools in London boroughs and incorporate my music to impact on young people. It's a positive message, a good way for them to listen and it's great to be able to give something back. I'm also working on an album and the first single 'I Love My Butt' has been getting a great response. It's a fun song but it's also a confidence tune with a deeper message about loving your body - no matter what shape you are.
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Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)