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North London MC & producer Lady Lykez is back with a four track EP produced by Hyperdub’s Scratchclart (pka Scratcha DVA), with additional production from fellow North Londoner D-Lux on ‘Lyke U’. The ‘Muhammad Ali’ EP is an impressive amalgamation of cultures and sounds in both its lyrics and production, a hybrid of high energy dancehall, UK gqom and grime.
Lykez’s title track from the project ‘Muhammad Ali’ is updated with a feature from acclaimed rapper Lioness, and the two powerhouse MCs go back to back on the riddim with undeniable skills and flows. Lykez flexes her technical ability and impressive wordplay on each track on the EP, switching from patois to grime bars, experimenting with different styles, flows and deliveries with relaxed confidence. With influences that include Eve, Missy Elliot, Mad Cobra, Buju Banton and old school Elephant Man, the EP is a deliberate mix of grime, hip-hop and dancehall vocals inspired by her father’s Jamaican roots and her own North London upbringing.
The original ‘Muhammad Ali’ track received support from Toddla T, Ben UFO, Sian Anderson and Skream and is a hyperactive ode to clash culture and competition amongst MCs, with a focus on empowering women rappers. Lioness’s verse updates the track with a focused swagger. On ‘Drmatic’, Lykez delivers sharp tongued bars in high speed. She describes ‘Lyke U’ as a “love tune” written about an ex, where her romantic dancehall lyrics showcase a sweeter side. Finally, on Buzz Lightyear she spits hard and fast over one of Scratchclart’s signature UK gqom drum tracks.