RWD Issue 150: Spring 2015 (w/ Ryan Mason)
It was the mid-90s when a tracksuited Puff Daddy took the ‘player hater,’ exposed it, destroyed it and used it as motivation, and in the process made it part of the international lexicon. 20 years on and the Haters are just as strong as they ever were. Ready to strike in a Tweet, YouTube comment, cut of the eye or one of those late tackles and as easy as it sounds, brushing off the negativity that plagues us all in moments of triumph and defeat defines how hard we fight the next time around. Highlighting five of the most exciting young football players in the country, we wanted to channel the kind of focus, energy and strength it takes Ryan Mason, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James Ward- Prowse, Patrick Roberts and Dan Crowley to get the better of their Haters, because if anybody knows then they do.
With Haters on the mind, we talked to J. Cole about changing the game, Elliphant about fighting through the b.s, Harry Kane about seizing his chance, Adam Lallana about making the biggest step of his life, Theo Walcott about entering the second phase of his career and Royal-T about what it takes to make it as a producer.
Elsewhere in the mag we’ve got Usain Bolt talking London and training, Zak Abel is About To Blow, Bonkaz is One To Watch and the best of the year’s festivals are rated in our 2015 Festival Guide. Just before we went to print Skepta and Kanye West set the Internet alight with a couple of major on-stage appearances and you know we had to discuss that.