She's been making a lot of noise on the UK underground and has now started to to take it international, Rago Magazine caught up with Oracy to get the lowdown.
Introduce your self and tell us where you’re from
Yoo! Im Oracy – noun - The ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech. Im a 23 year old rapper from Wolftown and a member of Broken Dialect.
What music did you listen to when you where growing up and how did you get into making music?
I first took an interest in music when I was 12/13. Initially I was into commercial’ish kinda rock like System of a Down, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, Puddle of Mudd etc I was abit of a moshpit tweenager! It wasn’t until I started rollerblading at 14 and hanging out at the Skatepark that I was introduced to Hip Hop. The skaters I started to roll with were all into real UK stuff - Skinnyman, Jehst, Braintax, Mystro, Lowkey, Dubbledge and the whole Poisonous Poets crew. Unlike most, I was introduced to Hip Hop via the UK route. Until then I had only really heard of the obvious old school big names in US HipHop and it never really did anything for me. I’d not my head along to the beat and that was about it. UK Hip Hop was totally different, it really enthralled and captivated me. I started to rap with a few of the peeps I hung out with at the time and spitting bars at the college gates, mainly on a grime flex. I wrote abit but never really did anthing with it. My Hip Hop life died off when I was 18 as i stopped skating and started hanging out with a different crowd. It wasn’t until 2010/11 that I got back on it. Most of the bars for Meditation and Enrich the Chrysalis I actually wrote back when I was 17/18. Recyling!
What artist do you think was your biggest influance?
That’s a toughy. It’s like asking someone who they’re favourite child is. Erm…. primarily Lowkey. I enjoyed the Key to the Game days and listened to him pretty much everyday, on the way to school, then college. I liked the way his music progressed and matured with him. I matured at a similar pace but he had a few years on me. It was like having a mentor I suppose. The same goes for Akala. Although I stumbled across him a little later on, they have both educated and influenced me greatly.
What releases/mixtapes have you put out or been involved in?
I’ve been putting out music for nearly a year now. I currently have just 3 solo tracks; Mediation, Enrich the Chrysalis and Tenacity and a couple of Broken Dialect tracks, Children of War and Sections. We have a new track dropping real soon about police corruption. I have a few other collabs to check out, most can be found on my YouTube page. I have been involved in a few Mixtape’s including; France UK Connexion Mixtape, Dandyseries Vol.1, Poetic Death’s Death of a Shogun album and the Citizens Encounter/End of the Weak mixtape. I have a few more tracks coming out on other artists mixtape’s in the approaching future and I start work on my debut solo mixtape once university is over in May, so keep an eye and an ear out for that to.
What artists have you collaborated with?
Obviously there's my Broken Dialect family - Utopia, Lyfizalie and Messi. Poetic Death, Maxwell MC, Lil’Kix the beatboxer and the rest of my French HoldUpWear team. A bag of people from the Citizens Encounter mixtape – Nekz, Melissa Melodee, Mic Orni (France), Pand’or (France), Pepso (France), Proton (Germany), Ico (Italy). Icykal, Laayie, Sonov, Otee …..
What producers have you worked with?
Bad Prod Rickordz, DJ Vital, Rekless, DJ Burnt, Nathan Jay, Nekz, Wally’s PingPong….
What have been the highlights of your carear so far?
What i call my inception, back in September 2011. I was lucky enough to be invited over to Spain as part of a Hip Hop citizens exchange. It was an amazing and inspiring 2 weeks packed full of Hip Hop with blessed people. There were over 30 of us, from the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Czech republic and Italy all working together. A mixture of rappers, b-boys, DJ’s, producers and graffers…. It was dope! A catalyst for my newfound revival of passion for Hip Hop! Big shout out to DJ Snuff for the hook up and Lyricist Jinn for recommending me! It was a real significant time for me in many ways - truly grateful!
What are all your websites and social networking address so people can check out and download your music?
Everythings @ORACYmusic – simples tings!
In 3 words describe your music?
Too f**kin sick! LOL Naaa – My rhyming diary!
If people want to book you for a show or collaborate what is the best way to get hold of you?
Drop me a grand an email at
What have you got planned for 2012 and the future?
I’ll be dropping my first mixtape and continuing to develop my oracy skills. I’m real eager to feed my thirst for knowledge so i'll be reading alot. I will also start work on my hemp clothing company and on my Hip Hop utopia/eco-village. (No that’s not a joke)
Any thing you want to add or shoutout?
Over the last year, Hip Hop and the people that I have consequently met, have taught me more than I have learnt in all of my years of education. Hip Hop has enlightened me immensely and I am truly thankful.HOP CHANGED MY LIFE
HIP HOP MADE ME STRIVEHIP HOP CHANGED MY MIND,
HIP HOP MADE ME WISE!
I’d like to give a big shout out to Fliptrix and the High Focus team. I saw them performing at NASS festival, summer of 2010 and they reignited my Hip Hop flame. Shouts to all the old skating crew. If it wasn’t for you guys, im sure I wouldn’t be rapping now and you diverted me from another path in my life. One love to my Broken Dialect family. Safe to Tabanacle/Streets Deciplez for giving me my first break and everyone that’s hooked me up with gigs/slots since. Hugs to everyone that’s looked after me on my Hip Hop hippie travels and provided me with somewhere to stay. A big shout out to everyone that’s been supporting me, pushing my music and dropping me feedback. Shouts to my French family and HoldUpWear. Props to Globalfaction for always bringing and supporting the realness, and last but not least, big hugs, love and appreciation goes out to my Mum!
Thanx LATE for the interview and props for supporting UK Hip Hop!
Interview by LATE