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.
First thing first, introduce yourself for anybody unaware of the moves that you’ve been making?
Yo thank you for having me, I go by Toshiro Steel, Young Ice Prince of the Northern Realm – recently dropped my first serious body of work Romantic Savage which is available on all streaming services… go check that.
This new EP is your first solo release since Missed Calls last year – which was a sick project – how does the new one compare though?
Missed Calls was just a little collab EP with Sheff producer Crvne recorded all in one night, I probably started writing for Romantic Savage not long after that and it only just came out so that will tell you about the difference in work that was put into it.
Romantic Savage is my first serious attempt at a substantial body of work with a lot more time and effort put into the songwriting, the beat selection and mixing/mastering, I engineered and mixed the whole thing myself and learned a lot in the process, much of which you will see in what I’ve got lined up after this project.
You’ve flexed your production muscles a lot in the past for the likes of The Northaze, who is on production for Romantic Savage?
The main producer on the Romantic Savage is Kamikazegotbeatz aka MK Beatz, my boy from Sheffield. For any OG fans he produced dosed up years ago the day I met him, since then we’ve worked on loads of stuff but this is the first time any of its seen the light of day. He produced 3 tracks on the project, Double Down, No Talk and DRPN the rest were all from different producers I found and contacted through the net. I went with them because I knew I wanted a modern RnB/Trap infused sound and they had what I was looking for.
A lot of the time I have trouble writing to beats I’ve made myself cuz I already have certain melodies in my head and it makes it hard to come up with fresh ones, but it’s something I’ve been working on as well as my production in general.
You’re one member of a tight-knit scene in Yorkshire, what’s it like to make music up there?
I been making music in my bedroom since like 2011, now I just got a crib and studio equipment to do it with, so a lot of the music I make on my own. On the other hand, if we’re just chillin’ and someone has a fire beat or a track with a free verse then it’s like load it up. Then when it comes to local shows we have a bunch of hype tracks with like 3 or 4 of us on each one so we all just pile on each other’s sets and fuck it up.
But it’s still kinda quiet there are not all that many shows even though there are people here crying for hip-hop nights, promoters be fucking up.
What features have you got on the EP?
Kosi Tides of The Northaze and BlacxyReign are the only two. I wrote the songs beforehand and chose them specifically, Kosi for his soothing moody tones and Blacx for his hard-hitting punchy delivery which I thought suited the songs. And I wanted to keep it local Romantic Savage is all that white rose. When it comes to my personal stuff I get very introverted about it.
I turned a few bigger artists than me down who wanted to be on RS solely cuz of how I be, when I have a specific idea I have to make it as close to how I envisioned it as possible.
What’re your go-to choices from an off-licence?
Gotta grip a peach ice tea and some blue bonbons.
And finally, anything else you want to add…
Romantic Savage OUT NOW 🌹No Talk video on YouTube now. Romantic Savage on all streaming platforms. Check them shits and show some love.