Lady Leshurr

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Lady Leshurr
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Lady Leshurr performing at Field Day 2017
Background information
Birth nameMelesha Katrina O'Garro
Born (1989-12-15) 15 December 1989 (age 29)
OriginKingshurst, Solihull,[1] England
GenresGrime, hip hop, dancehall
Occupation(s)
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

Melesha Katrina O'Garro[1][2] (born 15 December 1989) known professionally as Lady Leshurr (/ˈlʃər/),[3] is a British grime and hip hop rapper, singer, and producer from Kingshurst, Solihull, UK. [4] She is best known for her Queen's Speech series of freestyles,[5] the fourth of which went viral in 2016. The Rap Game season 2 competitor Nia Kay stated that Leshurr was one of her influences due to her uniqueness and rap skill.[6] Her subsequent freestyle, Queen's Speech 5, was called "brilliant" and "2015's crowning freestyle" by Spin.[7]

Biography[edit]

Born to parents from the Caribbean[8] Isle of St. Kitts,[1] her first foray was into poetry and writing at age six[9] but she decided that writing music would bring her to a wider audience,[8] releasing her first mixtape at age fourteen.[10] 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[11]

Leshurr played one of the lead female roles in Vertigo Films' 2009 film 1 Day.[12]

She won second place in the Best Female category of the Official Mixtape Awards 2011. To complement the music releases, she has designed a range of merchandise, the "Friggin L" clothing line[13] named after her 2011 mixtape Friggin L.[14]

In 2016, she won the MOBO Award, celebrating excellence in black music, for Best Female Act.

Personal life[edit]

Leshurr came out as pansexual in September 2018.[15]

Influences[edit]

Leshurr has named Ashley Walters, Lisa Maffia, Missy Elliott, and Lil Wayne as her primary influences.[16]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
Unleshurr
  • Released: 2009
  • Label:
The Last Second
  • Released: 2009
  • Label:
01:21 AM
  • Released: 2010
  • Label:
L Day
  • Released: 2011
  • Label:
Friggin L
  • Released: 2011
  • Label:
2000 and L
  • Released: 2012[17]
  • Label:
L Yeah!
  • Released: 2013
  • Label:
Mona Leshurr
  • Released: 2013
  • Label:
Lil Bit of Lesh
  • Released: 2014
  • Label:

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Every Little Counts
  • Released: 2010
  • Label:
Off the Lesh
  • Released: 2011
  • Label:
Queen's Speech
  • Released: 2016
  • Label:
Mode
  • Released: 2017
  • Label:

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title[18] Album
2011 "Friggin L"[19] Friggin L
"Lego" N/A
2015 "Lukatar"
"Queen's Speech 3" Queen's Speech
"Queen's Speech 4"
2016 "Queen's Speech 5"
"Panda Freestyle" N/A
"Where Are You Now?"
(featuring Wiley)
"Queen's Speech 6"
2017 "Juice" Mode
"Queen's Speech 7" N/A
2018 "R.I.P"
"OMW" Unstable
"Black Madonna"
(featuring Mr Eazi)
Unstable

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2011 "Move"
(Fire Camp featuring Lady Leshurr and Scrufizzer)
Move
2012 "Murder"
(Lea-Anna featuring Lioness, Lady Leshurr and Ce'Cile)
Murder EP
"Finally"
(Leon & Harvey featuring Lady Leshurr)
Finally EP
"Wonky"[20]
(Orbital featuring Lady Leshurr)
Wonky
"Boring Bitches"[21]
(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"[22]
(Mike Delinquent Project featuring Lady Leshurr)
Step in the Dance EP
"Sick Love"[23]
(Vince Kidd featuring Lady Leshurr)
Sick Love EP
2013 "Blazin'"
(Torqux featuring Lady Leshurr)
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
2016 "Run"[24]
(Tiggs Da Author featuring Lady Leshurr)
TBA

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Album 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)[25]
(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
"Got It"
(Zdot and Krunchie featuring Krept, Konan and Lady Leshurr)
Adrenaline EP Sonus Music
"Blow It Up"
(Zdot and Krunchie featuring Lady Leshurr)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lady Leshurr". SXSW. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Companies House". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  3. ^ "Lady Leshurr Reveals Origin Of Her Name and Correct Way To Pronounce It".
  4. ^ "Lady Leshurr: 7 interesting facts about the 'Queen's Speech' rapper". What's Good?.
  5. ^ "Everyone is talking about Lady Leshurr". Shazam. 22 September 2015.
  6. ^ Carley, Brennan Lady Leshurr’s Brilliant ‘Queen’s Speech 5′ Is 2015’s Crowning Freestyle Spin. 30 December 2015
  7. ^ a b "Lady Leshurr: 'The industry just doesn't know what to do with women'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Lady Leshurr". Britishunderground.net. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Glastonbury Festival – Lady Leshurr". BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  10. ^ Anderson, Errol. "Lady Leshurr: The female Busta Rhymes". The Independent. London. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  11. ^ "WRAP UP AND WATCH OUT: LADY LESHURR". MTV UK. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  12. ^ "lady leshurr". RTD Productions. Archived from the original on 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Lady Leshurr unleashes Friggin L Mixtape". SoulCulture. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Lady Leshurr comes out as pansexual: "If you can't take me for who I am then you can leave"". Gay Times. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Lady Leshurr Loves Lil Wayne". MTV. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Mixtape: Lady Leshurr – 2000ANDL (hosted by DJ Whoo Kid)". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Lady Leshurr on iTunes". Apple Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  18. ^ "2012 Official Mixtape Awards". Missing or empty |series= (help)
  19. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "New Release: Orbital: Wonky". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Etta Bond featuring Lady Leshurr – Boring Bitches". Soundophiles.com. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  21. ^ "iTunes – Music – Step in the Dance (Remixes) (feat. Lady Leshurr) – Single by Mike Delinquent Project". iTunes Store. 23 September 2012.
  22. ^ "UK Chart > New Entries: 12 December 2012". zobbel.de. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Tiggs Da Author - Run (Official Video) ft. Lady Leshurr". YouTube. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  24. ^ "20 Years of East London in 20 Minutes!". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2013.

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