Welcome to BURR. Brickcellphone’s Underground Rap Radar.
In this series, Brighton hip-hop DJ, Matt ‘Brickcellphone’ Leppier, is chatting to some of the underground rap talent on his radar. It’s as simple as that. Follow him @brickcellphone and listen to him spin some of these artists on Friday afternoons on Platform B.
Lamarrie Essquire AKA Da Fly Hooligan is already a stalwart of British Hip Hop.
Hailing from North West London, Lamarrie is both mysterious and charismatic and this comes across in the luxurious rap music that he makes. With a sound reminiscent of Nas or Big L, it is clear to me that not only was this dude born to rap, he also lives for it.
He is friends with some real rap royalty too… Sean Price, Smiff n Wessun, Westside Gunn & Conway just to name a few. It’s plain to see that this Fly Hooli has a very promising future in the hip-hop game.
Your latest project, Roman Abramovich, is fucking good, really digging it! What creative process did you go through to achieve the sound you did?
Peace, appreciate it, B!
I was approached by producer extraordinaire and longtime friend D’Lux Beats with the title idea. After breaking down how it relates to my style and sound, I did my homework on Roman Abramovich and got straight to work.
I had already established my sound (with Ray Winstone, FYLPM & SCUM) by the time D’lux came to me. He had played me Lee Scratch Perry – at the time it had drums on there, but once I explained I didn’t want drums on this project he tailored the rest to my taste. All I then needed was space from the world, and a place to record. All it took was a few hours to write and record.
Is there any meaning behind the song titles, or are these people a few of your non-musical influencers?
Donna Karan was inspired by Romans’ lifestyle and some images I’d recalled seeing of Demi Moore and the exquisite photo of Andreea Diaconu by Peter Lindbergh (HE’S A FUCCIN G!!!) And went to town with the barz.
Pure Money 4 is inspired by one of my favourite sneakers created by the Jordan brand. Charged by sheer confidence. Acknowledgement of those who lack the same level of confidence in their own craft, but choose to chat shit instead of grinding and improving.
As for Box Jellyfish, the box jellyfish is one of the deadliest creatures of the sea, I’m one of the deadliest lyricists to grace the mic, it’s a perfect comparison. Lee Scratch Perry pays homage to the dancehall movement of the 70s and 80s and one of the greatest producers of the genre. Lars Von Trier is a provocative and forward-thinking director from France, he and Gaspar Noé are two of my favourite filmmakers right now. The instrumental gave me the vibe immediately, shits like a movie!!
I’m a fan of arts and culture. I like to project that in what I do, it’s a way to encourage people to do a little looking for themselves.
Rap 5-a-side – what would your perfect collaboration be – yourself, three other rappers and a producer. Who do you choose?
This is easy.
Raekwon (Lex Diamond), Ghostface Killa (Prety Tony) and Nas (Nas Escobar) with Agor on production.
What do you think of the rap scene in the UK at the moment, who are you fucking with the most?
I have no opinion of the scene in the UK or anywhere as a matter of fact, it’s of no importance. But Teslas Ghost & Ray Vendetta are the future.
In the spirit of Offie Mag, what would you say are your three most bought items from an off-licence?
Supermalt, Raw Rizla & Wrigleys Extra Spearmint gum (green packet).
Please, let the people know what you have going on at the moment.
FYLPM II coming soon on Vinyl via GourmetDeluxxx LTD.
Keep up with Da Flyy Holigan on instagram via @daflyyhooligan.