Bubbling up for a while, Lady Leshurr surged to the surface when her “Queen’s Speech 4” freestyle went viral. Known offstage as Melesha O’Garro, she has supreme gift of the gab.
Born in the Midlands to parents from the Caribbean, she geared up from poetry to mixtapes to raps and songs — collaborating with Tinie Tempah and Wiley. Now it’s Timbaland as she prepares to release her debut album. Yeah, her debut. Her second coming is also her first. Cos she’s also acted (in the movie 1 Day) and has stage presence to die for. Her influences include Sister Nancy, Ms Dynamite, Eminem and Lil Wayne. When she was little she had 11 fingers, but not no more. Apart from being cool, she is also very pro other female artists. “We’ve got to stick together,” she says. If you need an introduction, pull up YouTube for her piss-take of Chris Brown’s song “Look At Me Now”, or with Wiley, “Where Are You Now?”