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 Offie Mag Radio.
Next up on the underground rap radar is dereck dac, someone we’ve known about for a while.
Since he first emerged, freestyling until our airtime on Platform B would run out, we’ve wanted a project from him. He’s sick lyrically, clearly kinda smart, pretty jokes and swaggy, too, often seen hair out, vintaged garms on, running round The Level.
All this comes together on his debut EP, Umm… Random Shit, our Pick of the Month for August. Get to know him better here…
Ello Dereck my mate. Can you introduce yourself for those who may not know you?
dereck d.a.c. baby, bedridden, slumpy muthafucka, with a sudden urge to do shit lately, I’ve 180 flipped, fuck knows why.
How did you get into rapping?
Originally, me and my mates would just be rapping lyrics that we knew from songs, but how I got good, I used to play XBOX 8 hours a day, iIwas an addict, Search and Destroy on Call of Duty. I would play beats and rap to strangers, for 8 hours a day – my mates would come round and be at the door like “yoooo were you rapping bro?” and I’d tell ’em it was just the tune. I was addicted to XBOX, rapping 7/8 hours a day and I’d just be freestyling.
We’ve known you for ages now as an artist, this is the first project we’ve been lucky enough to wrap our ears around – Why is that?
I don’t know. It’s just the way it is. Right timing. I’ve waited and just been developing my sound. Whenever I make music it’s with squad – but I’ve been able to make music on my own.
Why’s the tape called Umm.. Random Shit – I assume because it’s random shit… but can you tell us a bit about it?
Kian (the co-producer) asked me what we should call it, and I was like ‘I don’t know, it’s just random shit init’ and he thought that was jokes, so we went with it.
Name two rappers n two producers who you love and why?
I don’t wanna go cheesy but I rate Madlib, that’s a producer I fucking rate. He’s obscure and he doesn’t care, it’s just his expressing – he’s got knowledge for music, he DJs and he knows his shit. You can tell by what he samples.
I’m rating MIKE at the moment, a rapper called MIKE, he’s US – got a co-sign from Earl Sweatshirt – he’s been rapping for ages.
What three off licences items do you find yourself buying most often?
I always get chocolate nourishment, people call me a scumbag for it but I will defend it at all costs. Noodles, I’m always buying the one with Arabic writing on it, I used to always get pound bar chocolate, the oreo ones. Actually, not even that, Happy Shopper white chocolate bar for 49p, I actually love how shit they are.
The floor is yours – any shoutouts, monologues, recipes you wanna share, now is the time.
I’m a very confused young man, shouts out to the degenerates man, and everyone getting beaten up at the Level.