Lady Leshurr

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Lady Leshurr
Birth name Melesha O'Garro[1]
Born (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 21)
Origin Kingshurst, Solihull, Birmingham, England[1]
Genres British hip hop, house
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Gutter Strut Recordings[2]
Associated acts Orbital
Etta Bond
Raf Riley
Labrinth
Maxsta
Tinchy Stryder
Basement Jaxx
Scrufizzer
Website ladyleshurr.com

Melesha O'Garro[1] (born 15 December 1992), better known by her stage name Lady Leshurr, is a female rapper/singer and producer[3] from Kingshurst, Solihull, Birmingham, England.[1] She is known for her work with Orbital, providing vocals for the title track of their 2012 album Wonky.[4]

Born to parents from the Caribbean[5] Isle of St. Kitts,[1] her first foray was into poetry and writing at age six[6] but she decided that writing music would bring her to a wider audience,[5] releasing her first mixtape at age fourteen.[7] In her words:

I grew up around music. My mum used to play a lot of reggae like Sister Nancy and Bob Marley around the house so basically, when I was around six, I was messing about and doing my own little raps and songs. My family are all rappers and singers anyway so I was always involved in it from a young age.

—Lady Leshurr, 2011[8]

Leshurr has been described as "the one to watch" by Paul Lester of The Guardian.[9]

Biography[edit]

Leshurr played one of the lead females in Vertigo Films' 2009 critically acclaimed movie 1 Day.[10]

She won first place in the Best Female category of the Official Mixtape Awards 2011. In June 2011, Lady Leshurr launched her own record label, Gutter Strut Recordings, in partnership with her manager.[2] To compliment the music releases, she has designed a range of merchandise, the "Friggin L" clothing line[11] named after her 2011 mixtape Friggin L.[12]

Influences[edit]

Leshurr has named Lil Wayne as her primary influence.[13]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Last Second (2009)
  • Unleshurr (2009)
  • 01:21 AM (2010)
  • L Day (2011)
  • Friggin L (2011)
  • 2000 and L (2012)[14]
  • L Yeah! (2013)
  • Mona Leshurr (2013)
  • Lil Bit of Lesh (2014)

EPs[edit]

  • Every Little Counts
  • Off the Lesh

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Single Album
2011 "Friggin L"[15] Friggin L
"Lego" N/A

As featured performer[edit]

Title Year Release
"Move"
(Fire Camp featuring Lady Leshurr and Scrufizzer)
2011 Move
"Murder"
(Lea-Anna featuring Lioness, Lady Leshurr and Ce'Cile)
2012 Murder EP
"Finally"
(Leon & Harvey featuring Lady Leshurr)
Finally EP
"Wonky"[16]
(Orbital featuring Lady Leshurr)
Wonky
"Boring Bitches"[17]
(Etta Bond and Raf Riley featuring Lady Leshurr)
Emergency Room
"Run Your Mouth"
(Noisses featuring Rtkal, Foreign Beggars and Lady Leshurr)
Run Your Mouth EP
"Step in the Dance"[18]
(Mike Delinquent Project featuring Lady Leshurr)
Step in the Dance EP
"Sick Love"[19]
(Vince Kidd featuring Lady Leshurr)
Sick Love EP
"Blazin'"
(Torqux featuring Lady Leshurr)
2013 Blazin' EP
"Bet on It"
(Young O featuring Griminal and Lady Leshurr)
Bet on It
"Swag Fi Dem"
(RSXG Productions, Juki Ranx and Brooklynne featuring Lady Leshurr)
Swag Fi Dem EP
"I Ain't Rich... Yet"
(J. Appiah featuring Lady Leshurr)
I Ain't Rich... Yet EP
"Hours"
(Son Of Kick featuring Lady Leshurr and Paigey Cakey)
2014 Hours

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Release Label
2010 "This is SRE (Drop the Funk)" (Invasion Remix)
(SRE featuring Lady Leshurr, Jaykae and Hitman)
This is SRE EP Sidewinder Raw
2011 "We Know"
(Trilla featuring R.I.O and Lady Leshurr)
01:21 Trilla Music
"Ready" (Remix 2)
(Cons featuring Tor, Kasay, Tempa, Lady Leshurr and Nolay)
June Bug RGS
"Gangster" (Lady Leshurr Remix)
(Zdot featuring Lady Leshurr)
Gangster Elite Music
"So Much More"
(Manga featuring KOF and Lady Leshurr)
Obzokey Wranglings N/A
2012 "Heart of Stone"
(Bashy featuring Dot Rotten, Black the Ripper and Lady Leshurr)
The Great Escape SB.TV
"Level Up" (Remix)
(Sway featuring Kelsey and Lady Leshurr)
Level Up EP 3Beat
"WAVY" (Seamix)
(Kano and Footsie featuring Lady Leshurr, JME, D Double E and Sway)
WAVY / Kano Stencils N/A
"Hoods Up" (Remix)
(Teddy Music featuring Lil Nasty, Double S, Lady Leshurr, Scrufizzer, Dot Rotten and Tre Mission)
Hoods Up EP Teddy Music
"I Wanna Rock" (All Stars Remix)[20]
(Maxsta featuring Tinchy Stryder, Rizzle Kicks and Lady Leshurr)
I Wanna Rock EP Sony
"Move to Da Gyal Dem" (Female Remix)
(Donae'o featuring Mz. Bratt, Lioness, Terri Walker and Lady Leshurr)
Move to Da Gyal Dem Zephron
"Da Cypher (Part Deux)"
(Bigz featuring Lady Leshurr and Mistah Fab)
The Bigz Bang Theory DCypha
"Va Heter Det"
(Max Peezay featuring Lady Leshurr)
F.A.S 3 Devrim
2013 "Let the Dogs Run Wild"
(Labrinth featuring Lady Leshurr)
Atomic Odd Child
"Now That You're Gone" (Remix)
(Tanya Lacey featuring Lady Leshurr)
Now That You're Gone EP Laceywood
"Hoods Up" (Remix)
(Lil Nasty featuring Double S, Lady Leshurr, Dot Rotten and Tre Mission)
This is UK Grime Vol. 3 Defenders
"Off the Leash"
(Teddy Music featuring Double S and Lady Leshurr)
Rehearsals Teddy Music
"Spitfire"
(Big Shizz, Lady Leshurr, Jammer, Realz, Jammin and Villain)
Lord of the Mics V Lord of the Mics
2014 "Bother You" (Remix)
(D'banj featuring Lady Leshurr)
Bother You Mi7, DKM

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Lady Leshurr". SXSW. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Lady Leshurr". PRS for Music. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wonky – Orbital". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Lady Leshurr: 'The industry just doesn't know what to do with women'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lady Leshurr". Britishunderground.net. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Glastonbury Festival – Lady Leshurr". BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Errol. "Lady Leshurr: The female Busta Rhymes". London: The Independent. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "New band of the day – No 1,133: Lady Leshurr". Newsquest. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "WRAP UP AND WATCH OUT: LADY LESHURR". MTV UK. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "lady leshurr". RTD Productions. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lady Leshurr unleashes Friggin L Mixtape". SoulCulture. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lady Leshurr Loves Lil Wayne". MTV. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mixtape: Lady Leshurr – 2000ANDL (hosted by DJ Whoo Kid)". VfL Media. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "2012 Official Mixtape Awards".
  15. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "New Release: Orbital: Wonky". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Etta Bond featuring Lady Leshurr – Boring Bitches". Soundophiles.com. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "iTunes – Music – Step in the Dance (Remixes) (feat. Lady Leshurr) – Single by Mike Delinquent Project". iTunes. 23 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "UK Chart > New Entries: 12 December 2012". zobbel.de. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "20 Years of East London in 20 Minutes!". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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