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.
The Underground Rap Radar has locked onto The Midlands this time, where a fairly untapped scene is represented by few better than the Wolverhampton born artist, Odox.
One of those rare producer-rappers, Odox has been working hard over the past few years and showing dedication to his craft as he establishes himself as one of the key members of a Midlands scene. With a new EP just out, it was an ideal time to speak to the man in question.
The new EP is sick… How long have you been working on it for?
Thank you, I appreciate that. It’s been done for about 3 months now, we’ve just been waiting for the right time. So we performed a nice amount of shows in the summer, met some real people and made nice connections – I even had a show in Amsterdam – shouts to Ozsipark.
Then when it felt like we had enough people who knew my name it felt right to drop it. After I finished the project 3 months ago, I spent up until 2 days ago thinking about the track order of the EP. I wanted it to flow as nicely as it could. I hate seeing projects where each track gets less plays the further you look down.
I wanted it to be as much of an experience as it could be, instead of a random pile of songs.
Your video for Backstabber was released a month ago, what sort of reception has it received?
Yeah, Backstabber was filmed by Ed Moore from Tantric Media. People have been telling me a lot of positive things about that video and it’s still climbing views-wise. I’m just mad grateful.
Ed went insane with the visuals, editing and filming were just mad professional. Blew me away the first time I saw it, he carried out the vision perfectly. I had one comment on YouTube from someone I’ve never met saying “I like your music but I’m going to stop listening when you sell your soul.” I died man. I was laughing hard at that.
This isn’t the first time you’ve worked with Slacs Bianci, what does he bring to the table and can we expect more in the future?
Slacs is a real calm G, kind-hearted and just a cool overall guy, man.
We performed Run It Up – that is just me and him chatting crud on a cruddier beat – and it went off, had a really good reaction. Slacs adds a certain vibe to the track that makes a Slacs verse a Slacs verse with his flow and word choice. He’s got a good amount of character in his bars, really talented guy. So I can definitely see us working together in the future but nothing’s planned as of yet.
Who influences you most, in and outside of music and why?
I believe your number one influence should be the artist you are aiming to be in the future. So a big influence to me is the Odox I want to see in 5 years time.
Other than that, music-wise I’m influenced by Andre 3000 a lot, Tyler, The Creator, XXXtentacion, bands like Three Days Grace & Bullet For My Valentine. Non-musical influences would be the people I surround myself with like my family and girlfriend, who’s a sick artist and amazing individual. Also my friends who influence my perception on life just by being themselves and not trying to be anyone else, they all just lead different paths and have different stories or knowledge to talk about when we link. I like people who are true individuals.
How does the scene in Wolverhampton or just the Midlands in general, differ from the rest of the UK?
The music scene in Wolverhampton differs from the likes of London because we’re a smaller community, so we don’t control what’s popular in media and that makes us hungry to get noticed doing things that aren’t just carbon copies of what’s popular right now.
There’s a lot of unique and incredibly talented artists in the Midlands who have made their own paths away from the mainstream.
What three items do you find yourself buying from an Offie the most?
Prawn cocktail crisps , K.A & any sweet without gelatine.
The floor is yours, if you have anything else to add now is your chance.
I’d like to say thank you to Brickcellphone and Off Licence Magazine for the interview, thank you to my manager, the owner of Revolt Magazine for setting it up.
I’d also like to say I’m incredibly grateful to anyone who is reading this and likes and supports my music and creativity. To anyone reading this in a bad time, your thoughts create your reality, let your thoughts lead the way. Things manifest from thoughts to the world around you just give it time.
Shout out 106, Morphine boys, Bakes, Drizzy Francis, Whoispdp, Tommy Trap Droid & Jojo Wavy, Marinapoppedacap, Joe1k1k, all creatives doing their own thing that have been a part of my journey so far.
I probably forgot to mention some if I did sorry, but much love.