Main Stage. Sunday — 17:15
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. In the past twelve months, millions have pledged an oath of allegiance to rapper through her Queen’s Speech series (currently at fifty million views on YouTube, and counting), she’s sold out shows from New York to Brixton, and attracted the attention of international hip-hop heavyweights like Timbaland, Erykah Badu, and Busta Rhymes.
With her debut album on the way, Lady Leshurr has firmly stamped her place atop the throne, standing deservedly between Dizzee Rascal and Ms Dynamite. “I was like - I wanna be like her”, Leshurr says, of the first time she heard Ms Dynamite. “She’s like the female MC Neat. I didn’t want to be a singer, because I knew I couldn’t sing, but I wanted a melody and a flow”. Since releasing her debut mixtape at fourteen, it’s almost as though Leshurr didn’t stop working. She released nine more mixtapes, three EPs, acted in the British film
The planning has paid off. Not only has the Queen’s Speech series granted Leshurr the level of attention her sharp and quick witted talents warrant, it’s also solidified her in the canon of great British artists. Charming and funny, yet also able to take it up a notch when necessary and stun in a way like no other.