Hailing from North London, Lily Mercer spends most of her time running Viper Magazine, which was born out of an ever present love of hip hop, a passion for words and a devotion to print publications. With no absorbing magazines left to buy Lily decided it was time to start her own and Viper was born. Now six issues deep, previous cover stars have included Darq E Freaker, Kali Uchis, Schoolboy Q, DeJ Loaf, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and most recently, Novelist.

London born Lily Mercer writes about rebels and revolutionaries from all walks of life. She has a weekly radio show, The Lily Mercer Show, on Rinse FM on Monday mornings from 1-3am [GMT] playing the best new, underground hip hop. She is also a regular voice on Beats1, Apple’s radio station, representing London.

As a DJ, Lily has spun for brands including adidas, Nike, BeatsByDre, ASOS, Billionaire Boys Club, Mary Katrantzou and Baby-G, plus held down warm up sets at live shows for Zaytoven, DJ Premier, Denzel Curry, GoldLink, BADBADNOTGOOD, Novelist, Young Teflon, Dizzy Wright, plus Jay Prince and Kojey Radical’s first ever headlining shows in the UK. For Kali Uchis’ first ever UK tour, Lily was her show DJ. Lily has played several festivals including Born and Bred in London and 22 Fest in Amsterdam.
For four years, she’s had a weekly radio show, The Lily Mercer Show, on Rinse FM on Monday mornings from 1-3am [GMT] playing the best new, underground hip hop. Through the show, she developed a reputation as a tastemaker, playing artists like Chance the Rapper, 6lack, SZA, Kali Uchis and more on UK radio for the first time. She is also a regular voice on Beats1, Apple’s radio station, hosting London’s playlist hours.
She’s played in a variety of east London’s popular clubs including Miranda at Ace Hotel, XOYO, Kamio, Birthdays, Old Blue Last, The Book Club, Queen of Hoxton and more. Since September 2016, Lily has run sister club nights, CAVALLI FURS and PYREX STIRS, in corporation with Goldenvoice AEG. The events have hosted shows and afterparties for DJ Premier, Flatbush ZOMBiES, CASISDEAD, Belly Squad, Jesse James Soloman, Jevon and Khalid’s first headlining London show. She’s also hosted live interviews with Anderson .Paak and SZA.

In addition, Lily is a freelance journalist and has contributed to Wonderland Magazine, Dazed & Confused, i-D Online, Clash Magazine, Noisey and Soul Culture. Lily has interviewed names like Mary J. Blige, Pete Rock, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas.

Studying Journalism at London College of Fashion, Lily created a magazine in which she explored some of the causes of anger in young people, focusing on social issues. For this project, she received a First-Class honours degree. While studying, she worked for WAH! Magazine, eventually editing the magazine and assisting Sharmadean Reid during the launch of WAH! Nails. Lily also worked at SB.TV as the online editor and was responsible for the hip hop interviews on the channel.

Lily has interviewed:
Nas – Mary J. Blige – Pete Rock – Raekwon – Just Blaze – Swizz Beats – Ghostface Killah – Mystikal – Waka Flocka Flame – A$AP Rocky – Alchemist – Mobb Deep – Method Man – Cypress Hill – – Dallas Austin – Funkmaster Flex – Bone Thugs N Harmony – Jim Jones – Pharoahe Monch – Kendrick Lamar – Hit-Boy –French Montana – Pitbull – Chuck Inglish – Danny Brown – Mac Miller – Freddie Gibbs – Stalley – Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Boldy James – Action Bronson – Flatbush Zombies – Bodega Bamz – The UnderAchievers – Children Of The Night – GrandeMarshall – Kilo Kish – RATKING – Prince SAMO – Deniro Farrar – Wavy Spice – Metro Zu – Darq E Freaker – Slaughterhouse – Jeru the Damaja – Master Killer – Ski Beatz – DJ Whoo Kid – U-God – Elzhi – Pace Won – Black Milk – Naughty By Nature – Killer Mike – Ill Bill – Vinnie Paz – Uncle Murda – Marsha Ambrosius – Sway – Bashy – Jeremih – Jazmine Sullivan – Labrinth – Ry

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