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 talents on his radar. It’s as simple as that.

Follow him @brickcellphone and listen to him spin some of these artists on Offie Mag Radio.


This time Brickcellphone has dived into Nine8’s pool of talent once more, to interview L!BAAN, fresh from releasing his new EP…

You’re lucky enough to be involved with NiNE8 collective, how did this come about?
I started going to events/shows to support some of my friends that were on the same line up as members from the collective, eventually finding out that Nige was in NiNE8 (we both attended the same secondary school), as well as already being familiar with those associated.

Then one day, at the start of last year, Lava rocked up to my local skate park with a mutual friend, then we started skating together & hanging out, which then led me to hanging out with the rest of the collective. Next thing you know, I’m making music & performing with the collective. It all happened so naturally.

What do you generally think of the UK scene right now? Is there anyone that you look up to?
I really think the UK scene is really thriving right now as there are so many artists currently active from all sides of London who are really good at their craft (either spitting or producing) but don’t get the recognition they deserve yet still keep doing their thing.
And I think that’s a good thing for the scene in the long term because some of these artists will eventually get their due recognition and, in turn, inspire the younger generations to make good music.

Check out L!BAAN’s recently dropped EP, as featured on our Music of the Month: March.

Who are some of your influences at the moment?

Anyone who works hard, regardless of what they do creatively and this has always been the case for me.

I even tend to draw influence/inspiration from things that aren’t even related to the creative arts. I always try and keep an open mind towards everything because the moment you start tuning out of certain things, you never know what you could miss out on.

What have you got planned after this latest EP?

Making joints for/with members of the collective, maybe a couple music videos but most importantly, keep making music.

What’s your go-to offie lager?
Can’t lie, I don’t even drink like that but if it has to be anything, it has to be that Cherry B.

Cherry B


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