Lady Leshurr

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.

Artist Moos

March 02

5 freestyles for your Friday with Lady Leshurr!

New year, new Leshurr! We received a little treat this morning from UK’s grime Queen – Lady Leshurr. She’s added her own flavour to Rich The Kid & Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 huge tune ‘New Freezer’ and it’s FIRE! She’s at the top of her game right now, dominating the almost exclusively male grime scene. Get amongst ‘New Freezer’ below!

 

Her 10th mixtape UNSTABLE is due out later this year, but in the meantime, we’ve put together our top 5 Lady Leshurr freestyles you NEED to get your ears around (and memorise) before GTM 2018! Let’s get started.

 

‘R.I.P’

Confident, bold and controversial is one way to describe 2018’s ‘R.I.P’. In response to some online chatter, ‘R.I.P’ was recorded, shot, edited and released within 24 hours and oh man she fires off bomb after bomb on this one!

 

UNLEASHED #3 (Humble Freestyle)

triple j’s Hottest 100 #1 of 2017 gets a run for its money with this huge flip! Soz Kendrick.

 Sit down, you stumbled, they fell, you crumbled, quit now, they dumbos” 🔥

Skip to 2:40 for an intimate solo verse at the end paying tribute to the late Robert Anker, who was part of the act Diversity (winners of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009).

 

Queens Speech 7

The Queen at her peak in every sense. Only Lady Leshurr could enter a motorway on a real life camel and spit bars as cars pass her by. Need we say more? Just watch the clip.

“Side note bar, your girlfriend looks like Sideshow Bob” 😂

 

BBC Radio 1Xtra with Lady Lykes

Lady Leshurr teams up with Lady Lykez in the booth for an impressive 11 minutes of pure gold (and endurance)!

 

Queen’s Speech 3

“Mad Ting!” Leshurr goes hard right from the beginning on this freestyle, getting down and dirty – from dissing girls who take their shoes off at raves, to referencing Destiny’s Child “I’ll be Beyonce to these girls and I’ll Michelle them” damn girl! 💅

 

Catch more insane freestyles from the Queen herself LIVE at Groovin the Moo 2018!

 


April 16

GTM 2018 Predictions!

Last year’s Groovin the Moo saw SO many epic, had-to-be-there moments at each show. From the likes of both Loyle Carner and Montaigne joining the Thundamentals boys on stage, to Vera Blue blowing away the Slumberjack crowd singing ‘Fracture’ live, not to mention George Maple guesting on ‘Something About You’ during Hayden James’ incredible show.

We’ve just scratched the surface here on the potential collaborations and surprises you could expect this year. Let’s get the predictions rolling for 2018!

 

Cosmo’s Midnight x Winston Surfshirt – ‘Get To Know’ LIVE

It would almost be an insult if these two acts didn’t join forces for a live version of their latest collaboration ‘Get To Know’. If you watched their ‘Get To Know’ video we posted, this one is almost certain! Get your butt to Cosmo’s set and thank us later.

Odds: Very likely – All shows

Paul Kelly x A.B.Original

After their crazy good Like A Version doing a rendition of Paul Kelly’s ‘Dumb Things’ and the three being very good friends, we can see lots of potential for something magical here!

Odds: Unlikely – But if anything Bendigo?

Mallrat x Allday

‘UFO’ is a bloody banger, and these two are the best of friends. We think seeing the two jump up on stage together may be a stretch as Allday is currently based in LA, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility by any means.

Odds: Likely – Bendigo or Townsville?

DJ YELLA x Aminé/ Lady Leshurr?

Ahh. We can dream can’t we? How good would this be though!

Odds: Highly unlikely

Vera Blue performing a ‘Lady Powers’ ballad with other GTM ladies

We have a multitude of talented ladies on our touring and local line up, from Mallrat to Tkay, Alex Lahey, Lady Leshurr & Sampa, how cool would it be so see an empowering display of ‘Lady Powers’ with potential vocal features like these?! Let’s hope these ladies do some serious bonding over the tour and surprise us with something special.

Odds: Likely – Bunbury

Tkay x Basenji ‘Mistakes’

Epic song, fitting for an epic festival! Basenji is Sydney based, so there’s potential he could get a call up for either Maitland or Canberra for a special surprise. Seeing this live would be anything but a mistake!

Odds: Likely – Maitland or Canberra

Grinspoon x Violent Soho

It’s happened before. Grinspoon’s Phil Jaimeson joined the Soho crew on stage last year in Maitland for a ripper of a Grinspoon classic with 1995’s ‘More Than You Are’. Will it happen again? After seeing how much fun Phil had last year, there is definitely potential for more fun to be had!

Odds: Unlikely but if it does happen, we’re thinking Townsville

 

Feature image photo credit: Brayden Smith


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