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.
BURR #44: Xadi
In our last episode, we had a lovely chat with South East London’s Theodor Black and we’re actually staying in London for this episode, but heading westward to speak to someone who’s relatively new to our radar. After the release of his Days End EP at the start of the year, Xadi has been going from strength to strength. He received a lot of support from both underground and mainstream radio stations as well as some reputable figures from the industry. His latest video came out a few weeks ago and it’s really class – find it in this interview somewhere. We’re excited about this guy, reckon he’s gonna do pretty damn well.
Photo of Xadi by Alice Drake
Alright mate, can you introduce yourself for those who may not know you?
Yo gg, I am Xadi – West London artist, producer, real g.
How’s isolation been treating you, picked up any new hobbies?
It’s been good actually, I’ve been quite productive on the music front and gotten better at sharing the little stuff I make via Insta and stuff. I have been working on a couple of TV show ideas and things as well, which has been new.
I’ve been quite deeply moved by the conversations to do with racism going on currently and so I guess a new thing I’ve been doing more is checking in on myself and my friends and trying to make sure everyone is dealing with things OK and is in the right place mentally.
Is there anyone in particular that you’ve been listening to during isolation, or are there any new artists you’ve discovered?
Hmmm… I think in isolation I’ve been listening to less music and making more because I’m never driving anywhere or hopping on public transport. I came across Nina Cobham’s music during this time and I am a big fan of hers. I started listening to a bit of DC recently too and his vibe is also pretty cool.
What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when things go back to normal?
It has to be a big, big link up with the gang. I just want to sit outside in the sun, have a few drinks and not be stressed about my friends touching my phone or things like that hahaha…
What’s it like being a rapper in West London, is there a good support system for artists like yourself?
I think because I produce my own stuff and all of that, I haven’t linked up with any producers in the area or worked with too many other artists here – it’s more just been people I know, or have been vibing with their stuff.
My manager, Kase, is working on a project with Loudhouse which is aiming to shed more light on the West underground scene which I’m looking forward to because there are loads of sick artist here. If I can be part of growing the live scene here, after the lockdown, I’ll be very happy.
Your latest video is sick, can you tell us a bit more about it?
Thank you, yeah it was such an honour to have those people work with me to bring that track to life. I hit up Patrick Brooks, the director, who I knew already and we kind of formed a vision together; most of the locations in the video are places that are close to me and my friends’ hearts so it was nice to have them as the backdrop. He got an amazing team involved and I just felt lucky that these talented people were willing to help us bring this all together.
You released a tune a few days ago, can you tell us a bit about ‘Off The Gas’?
Yeah, I put a lot of work into producing that track and it’s the track I’ve been most attached to in a while. I wrote it at a time when I was dealing with a few things and so it’s quite close to my heart. I’ve been experimenting a lot more with these singy-rappy tracks lately so I think there will be a couple more to come soon.
“If you are a fed and you have listened to my tunes, even if it’s on Discover Weekly, dip, it’s not for you loool.”
What’s the reception from Days End EP been like?
Yeah it’s been sick, the listening party launch event was the last live thing I did before the lockdown so it’s an even fresher memory than it would have been. Having a bunch of people there to vibe with on the release was really nice actually.
What can we expect from you to see the year out?
Tunes upon tunes. Off the Gas was my latest release and I was very attached to that one but yeah, a couple of cool collaborations should be coming out soon which should be lively.
Anything else you’d like to add, shout outs, thank yous, a quote from your favourite book, anything goes!
Thank yous to my mum, girlfriend and the mandem because they hear every song a thousand times before they go out and still act like they’re not bored of it. And also just wanna say, if you are a fed and you have listened to my tunes, even if it’s on Discover Weekly, dip, it’s not for you loool.
Imma go to the Offie real quick, can I get you anything?
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer and some Sensations. Basic guy innit? hahaha