The third MC in our LOTM6 Q&A takeover is Leeds resident, Dialect. Having made his name over the last few years by being involved in grime clashes, Dialect is the perfect MC to be chosen as the very first Leeds based MC to appear on Lord Of The Mics and his experience will have given him plenty of confidence. Clashing East London’s Opium, Dialect brings his own unique style to the mic and with more music to come in the near future, is certainly one to watch…
MT: You feature on one of the clashes on LOTM6. How was the whole experience of being part of the clash?
Dialect: It was a massive accomplishment and achievement for me because I’ve been doing grime since it started; I’ve been out here listening to it, seeing all the man in London buying the DVDs like Risky Roadz and Practice Hours and just being on this grime wave and I think to be on LOTM is one massive opportunity and I was just mad grateful.
MT: How did you get involved with LOTM?
Dialect: Funnily enough there’s been people tweeting my name before when it was LOTM 5 but I never managed to get on and I thought I’ll just wait and see what happens. Then one time I got hollered from Cameraman Sketch on Facebook and he was like “send me a few of your things and that” so I sent him some videos of battle rap things and stuff that I’ve been doing, cos my names been getting a bit bigger and he ended up getting back to me and saying “we might have you in mind for it so just look out.” Then one day on Twitter, I think Jammer posted up a picture of a few names he was looking to get on Lord Of The Mics and my name was on there and people just went wild!
MT: Your clash was one of the live ones; it must’ve been quite surreal being in a live LOTM clash.
Dialect: It was a very receptive crowd. I kinda felt like half the crowd was these posh kids and then the other half were all the local London man, so there was a big split between them but they’re all reacting to different stuff. It was a pretty good crowd but it was very diverse.
MT: In terms of historical LOTM clashes, have you got one that stands out for you as your favourite?
Dialect: I’d probably say Devilman vs Skepta cos I remember when that first came out and everyone was just gassing about it, everyone had it one their phones and I just analysed that clash hard, seeing all the different elements. That’s when I started getting into more Skepta stuff as well so yeah it was a sick clash.
MT: What can we expect to see from you following your appearance on LOTM6?
Dialect: Well I’m on Don’t Flop and I’ve got a clash coming up at the end of this month which is a Don’t Flop grime clash and is the first grime event they’ve done and it just feels like I’m getting another shot at it again but it’s on a different level. I’m also gonna be working on my mixtape cos I just wanna get a load of music done now, I’ve spent the last two years just getting my name up by doing clashes and like just random freestyles here and there and now it’s time to make some music. I’ve got my SBTV warm up session coming soon so see where that takes me as well.
To keep up with all the latest from Dialect make sure you follow @Dialect1 on Twitter and make sure you grab your copy of LOTM 6 to see the Opium vs Dialect clash in full, along with all the others.