• Rapper Lady Leshurr: ‘My letter from the Queen went to my junk mail'

    10 days ago - By The Guardian

    The Birmingham performer, 34, on learning music at her youth club, the loveliness of Solihull, and how she nearly missed out on her British Empire Medal As a black woman from Birmingham, I stood out like a sore thumb on the UK rap scene. Everyone in London would mimic my accent, laugh at me, troll me. I became determined to be my own self and unlock the door for Birmingham artists. People know about 0121 now. Councils have failed us when it comes to youth clubs. I built myself at ours. I learned spoken word poetry, how to DJ and MC, play drums, mix and master. All the facilities were...
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