Grime is not dead
Lady Leshurr by Samuel John Butt

Contrary to popular belief, grime is not dead. Although the likes of Dizzee Rascal may have stepped over into the mainstream tabernacle what seems like a digital age ago now, the scene may be whirling in a newfound, oestrogen-filtered gust of life. Step forward Ms. Melesha O’Garro, otherwise referred to as Lady Leshurr, who in recent times has offered a vocal alternative to the garish, low-end rumbles of the males, albeit with a similar Nandos rating - teetering at extra hot.

“When I started it wasn’t even really a grime scene at the time; it was garage and D&B because I started on D&B really. That’s how I got my little fast flow and then after that it was garage, but I definitely think the time and the vibe was nice and it was so much friendlier as a scene.” It’s that cavorting flow that has earned her similarities with Busta Rhymes, the seminal Flipmode firestarter: “I think it’s crazy; it’s obviously a compliment but at the same time, people are a bit oblivious to the fact that we’re completely different people.”

For a starter, she’s from Birmingham, and despite it all bubbling down south in London, she refuses to move down to the grime epicentre. “I want to prove that you can make it anywhere.” So finally, it seems that the foremother works of Lady Dynamite, No Lay and Shiesty have a warranting disciple to carry on the flame. Her latest single, ‘Lego’, embodies what is meant by that. Rhyming prowess whisked with a pinch of female suave, all within the slight frame of a twenty-three-year-old Midlander. 

Words by Errol Anderson
Photo by Samuel John Butt

Where: Birmingham
What: Grime
Get 3 songs: ‘Lego’, ‘Bad’, ‘Look At Me Now’
Unique fact: Leshurr used to have eleven fingers, read and weep.


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