Hype Sessions: Stevenage’s SBK And Birmingham’s T.Roadz Step Up For ‘Lord Of The Mics 8’

Lord Of The Mics, the colossal grime platform founded and led by Jammer and Ratty, is making its return for a massive eighth season. Over the years there have been some monumental clashes and warm-up sessions that have changed the face of the grime scene in ways you couldn’t imagine. In fact, LOTM can trace its history before grime even had a name. Those iconic clashes are embedded into the minds of any true grime fan. Kano vs. Wiley, Skepta vs. Devilman, Footsie vs. Scratchy, P Money vs. Big H… and the eighth edition looks like it’ll be just as heated and just as game-changing.

Ahead of the official release, we’ve teamed up with the LOTM team to exclusively premiere the batch of Hype Sessions. If, somehow, you’re not entirely familiar with the institution that is the Lord Of The Mics warm-up sessions, each clash is preceded by a quick filmed freestyle of each MC, which basically gives them all an opportunity to rile up their opponents and stoke the flames of competition in the hopes their opponent will get too heated and make a mistake.

TRENCH will be premiering all eighteen Hype Sessions in the build-up to the full release of Lord Of The Mics 8. Today, we’re profiling Stevenage’s SBK and Birmingham’s T.Roadz.



Hailing from Stevenage, SBK recently set the grime scene alight with his head-turning In Grime We Trust EP, a collection of six tracks produced and vocalled by the prodigious 17-year-old. His credentials extend beyond the confines of the studio, though; in live and radio clashes, this young talent has stood tall next to the likes of Jammer, AJ Tracey and Novelist, and now he has his sights set on lifting the title at this year’s Lord Of The Mics.

Speaking with TRENCH, SBK said: “I wanted to send a clear message with my Hype Session. Grime is well and truly alive and I spat on one of my favourite old-school beats. I wanted to show I’m not a push-around and I can hold my own against T.Roadz. He lives in a city where there’s a scene and opportunities; I’m from a small town away from any city and I have to embed myself into the London scene. No matter how the clash went, my Hype Session is a statement.”



Flying the flag for Birmingham is T.Roadz, another young talent whose larger-than-life persona on the mic has got people talking up and down the country. At 13 years old, he’s the youngest competitor this series, a title many assumed would be held by SBK. In the short time he’s been MCing, T.Roadz has managed to get a reload for every single appearance on Blackbox, both in his own solo freestyle and as part of the U18s Cypher they ran last summer. Could T.Roadz become the youngest ever winner of Lord Of The Mics? Anything could happen. “My Hype Session shows man what SBK really goes home to when he goes yard: DOMINO’S BWOIII!!!”

Keep it locked on TRENCH to see Hype Sessions from Funky Dee, Mischief, Tommy B, Jay0117, Logan OLM, Armz and more.

Posted on May 19, 2019