Fresh off of BBC One and BBC Three’s “The Rap Game UK”, Lady Ice brought her Manchester talent to the (overcast) south coast, a hotly anticipated set hosted by “Girls I Rate”, held once again in the hallowed Patterns Basement. Blending rap and afrobeats with Northern charm, Lady Ice brought a distinctive sound to her performance, with 20 minutes of hard-to-forget tracks that will find their way into my Spotify playlists for months to come – no doubt about it.
Breaking the proverbial ice with a cover of Central Cee’s “Doja”, Lady Ice warmed the crowd up with ease, leading into her Fire In The Booth freestyle with Charlie Sloth, and 2022 single “Up North”. Her presence was invigorating, and with a jewel encrusted medallion spelling out “Lady Ice” donned around her neck, forgetting her name is quite frankly out of the question.
As presenter Ellie Prohan aptly said– us Brightonians and Southern folk are blessed with a direct Thameslink train to London Vic, but regional talent doesn’t have that same quick access to what is widely understood as the springboard city for the hot new things. With that being said, Lady Ice is making waves regardless – by helping to build up the music industry infrastructure in Manny she’s making space for artists to reach beyond their city, whilst making a name for herself in the process.
There’s something decidedly fresh about Lady Ice’s demeanour – with a versatility to her delivery, and a playfulness to her performances, I felt in the presence of something brand new. And I’m not the only one to think this; Lady Ice has widespread support from TV and radio royalty, with the likes of Annie Mac, Toddla T, DJ Target and Dotty playing her bars on air.
Lady Ice has well and truly whacked up the heat; be sure to keep your wits about you for new releases.