Women In Grime: Lady Leshurr

You cannot mention grime and fail to mention “Queen Speech” rapper and actress Lady Leshurr, I mean how can we not mention her after she gained praises from the one and only Eryka Badu and landed a collabo with grime godfather Wiley.

 

 

Before fans called her by her current rap moniker, she was Lady Lesha; from her real name, Melesha O’Garro.
Then how did it morph into Leshurr you ask? Well, after a hook from one of her early songs echoed “Leshurr (shurr)” and the exaggerated pronunciation became popular, she decided to stick with it.

 She got into music listening to one reggae song by Sister Nancy called Bam Bam prompting her to immediately start writing, but once she heard rapper and singer Ms Dynamite everything changed, Ms Dynamite was everything she wanted to be.

Other rappers who she admires to date include Eazy- E, Eminem and Lil Wayne.

An interesting fact you should know is that her mother was a great lover of reggae music and her siblings used to rap and sing as well.

She initially gained fame through her critically-acclaimed mixtapes, winning Best Female at the 2011 Official Mixtape awards and also took home the 2016 MOBO Award (MOBO stands for Music of Black Origin) for Best Female Act.

She co-produced the beats for her famous “Queen’s Speech” series with producers Z Dot and Krunchie and what actually inspired the series was watching battle raps; like if she was part of a battle rap that’s how she would punch; note that she has mentioned a number of times that she did not base or direct them at anyone, they were just freestyle and battle rap inspired. 

Off of her popular EP “Queens speech” “Queen speech 4” received the most love and respect, watch it below; the video is fun and spectacular.

 

 

A fun fact about the rapper is that she used to have 11 fingers, like an extra little finger without the bone, just skin and nail, she no longer does however cause her mother had it taken care of when she was young.

What you should also know about the rapper is that whilst  some of the negative feedback about her and her music used to get to her, now she uses every negative vibe or comment about her music to help her create the next; just like she did with her 3rd song from her “Queen speech” EP

She was once quoted saying “I have no beef with any female artist, I don’t look at the scene as competition. We all have to stick together, all the males in the music scene stick together, we need to do the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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