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.
Malesha O’Garro, known as Lady Leshurr, is a rapper and producer whose oft-confrontational rhymes are belied by a buoyant melodicism. The native of Birmingham, England made her recorded debut in the early 2000’s, during her early teenage years, with the first of numerous mixtapes – her primary format – and has since refined her witty and sometimes high-speed wordplay while drawing from UK garage and grime. After she fended off multiple labels that dangled offers with too many artistic compromises, she reached a broader audience on her own in 2015, when the one-take video for the fourth episode in her ‘Queen’s Speech’ series went viral with plays numbering in the tens of millions.
2017 saw the release of her EP Mode, collaborating with DRAM and Yogi on ‘Cakin’ and releasing her anticipated ‘Queen’s Speech 7’.
Charming and funny, yet also able to take it up a notch when necessary and stun in a way like no other. As she readies her upcoming album, racking up frequent flyer miles on visits to South Africa, Jamaica, New York and France, the time has come to recognise there’s a new queen of Britain.