Q: Who you is and who you reppin?
A: Niggas know me, its Illy Amin, reppin that Revivo clique!
Q: Most people doubted you when you stumbled against Lexx Luthor, does this battle represent a chance at redemption?
A: Nah son, people doubted me way before Lexx and they’ll continue to do so even if I rap from here to the moon. In all honesty I don’t care what people think anymore Im just out here doing me, I’m not doing this to please people.
Q: How you feeling about this title matchup? What does it mean to you?
A: It’s just another rap battle fam, another chance to prove to myself that I’m better than dudes. The fact that there’s a title up for grabs doesn’t really mean anything extra for me, my track record is unparalleled in this country fam, that’s something I know. A title isn’t validation of that
|ILLY AMIN & LEXX LUTHOR|
Q: Both you and the Cheesecake have grown exponentially as battle rappers mainly because of the unmatched talent and creativity that you possess. What do you think is your/his biggest flaw going into this battle?
A: That’s a hard one. He’s really come on strong from his FTS days… (pause)... Im not really analysing dude like that though, Imma just come through as dope as I can and see from there
Q: The game keeps growing and evolving, where do you see battle rap in five years?
A: It’s growing, but I’m not so sure about evolving. When I check out these battle events in all honesty I get bored sometimes, I feel like these rappers are all recycling the same shit and nobody is trying to be different. Kats been kicking the same battle verse for years now hahaha! I really do feel that if the scene is gonna grow further from here, we as the entertainers need to start being different. The platform has been provided for kats but if we wanna get bigger crowds without having to invite overseas MCs all the time then we gotta start innovating. We can’t just keep looking to Gin Grimes to spoon feed us, the other battle leagues have to step up too, the MCs have to start thinking differently and we have to get different crowds to have interest, if we wanna actually make something of this we gotta stop treating it like some backyard cypher.
Q: You represented South Africa in Canada and pulverised your opponent at World Domination 4 last year. Ever since then though you have focused on your flourishing music career and only battled twice, with one amazing performance. Which Illy are we gonna see at Event Horizon?
A: I’ve actually battled like 4 times since then, the thing is, for me the pool has gotten really small because I’ve battled almost everyone on the Scrambles roster so in all fairness, its right that I step back and let other MCs flourish so I can come back and knock their heads off their shoulders when they start feeling themselves too much (I see you, Blight). Real talk though I don’t know which Illy you gonna get, just know my aim is to be different cos I don’t wanna be like the rest of these guys.
Q: I am sure you have studied Jake in detail by now, what’s the one moment that impressed you the most about him?
A: I haven’t actually, haha! But I know the guy, so it’s all good. He’s an all-round dope MC and I respect that, his battles are always dope so I’m expecting the same and even more from him when he faces me.
Q: Excluding you, who’s your top three Scrambles rappers right now?
A: The same kats who have been the best since day one. Cerebro, Jake and Pava would probably be my top 3. Slyme is up there too
Q: Describe Cheesecake’s style in a bar
A: Hahaha! The fuck kinda question is this, hahahaha!
Q: If Scrambles had a two on two battle, who would you trust to be on your team?
A: I had a two on two with Gin Grimes that was dope. No homo, but Jake would be a dope partner, Pava too. But I’d have to ride with any of my Revivo niggas, but only if Gin Grimes promised their safety, hahaha…
Q: Ultramel vs. Kepi. Which is the better brand to rep and why?
A: You ever tried licking a Kepi snap back off some titties...? Exactly. But shout out to Kepi though I fuck with their brand, they should holla at the boy I got videos coming up, we should work
Q: You’ve racked up some really impressive battles so far, whats been your favourite battle to date?
A: My favourite has to be Kinaze, purely cos of the journey I made for it. My battle with Inferno was top class, and the first Cerebro one I guess.
|LEXX LUTHOR, NESS LEE & THE DEADMAN with fans at the TALK IS CHEAP 2 event|
Q: Pick a Scrambles rapper and give them one piece of advice
A: I pick the whole roster. You muhfukkas gotta evolve man, stop looking to Gini for hand outs and stand on your own two cos homie isn’t gonna carry you forever, he cant keep funding a league where the MCs can call the crowd members by their names. Think differently fam, get new content and expand your brains niggas. Let go of the Gorgotron and develop an aura around you. If we do that then we can go far
Q: Rate the three international visitors in descending order
A: Daylyt, Lexx and Ness. Ness is probably the illest outta all 3 in terms of what he brings to the table but in my humble opinion I think his focus is elsewhere, his music is sounding dope and I feel like that’s where he’s at. Daylyts stock is the highest but Lexx is the hungriest
Q: You have maintained your composure in an exceptional way in all your battles, has there ever been a battler that has made you almost lose it on stage?
A: Nah. It’s not that serious, even the Lexx battle I was cool haha. It’s just entertainment, people that lose their cool over a battle are corny
Q: Deadliest kid in the draft league?
A: Chro… if he’s still draft league, I don’t know. But he’s definitely the nicest of the new guys
Q: King Keyla vs. Snow, whats your thoughts?
A: Smh, King Keyla is probably gonna be rocking fewer clothes than Snow so that battles not really for me haha!
Q: There’s always been a big debate around the topic but which battle do you think was the biggest body in Scrambles’ history?
A: Real talk, Lexx bodied me pretty bad, so I’ll go for that one… cause I don’t remember other peoples battles hahaha!
|ILLY VS. BLIGHT|