If the royal monarchs organised a search for the new queen of British rap, it’s certain that all roads would lead toward Lady Leshurr. In the past twelve months, millions have pledged an oath of allegiance to rapper through her Queen’s Speech series (currently at fifty million views on YouTube, and counting), she’s sold out shows from New York to Brixton, and attracted the attention of international hip-hop heavyweights like Timbaland, Erykah Badu, and Busta Rhymes.
With her debut album on the way, Lady Leshurr has firmly stamped her place atop the throne, standing deservedly between Dizzee Rascal and Ms Dynamite. Yet it hasn’t always been this way. Where some artists are quickly thrust into fame, Leshurr’s story is one that highlights the importance of determination, strong, level-headed focus, and a continued renewal in self-belief, as well as being able to sharpen verse upon verse with a razor teethed technical ability that far outweighs many of her peers.
Born Melesha O’Garro, Lady Leshurr’s career arguably started at the modest age of six, when she wrote her first lyric - “it was over Sister Nancy’s ‘Bam Bam’, which is why I always pay homage and perform that song everywhere I go”, she says. She grew up in Birmingham, where the scattered musical tastes of her family and peers began to infiltrate her consciousness and inform her future as the musician we know today.