Rapper Lady Leshurr: ‘My letter from the Queen went to my junk mail’ | Life and style

Like a black woman from Birmingham, I stood out like a sore thumb in the British rap scene. Anyone in London would mimic my accent, laugh at me, troll me. I became determined to be myself and open the door for artists from Birmingham. People now know 0121.

Councils have failed us when it comes to youth clubs. I built myself near ours. I learned spoken word poetry, DJ and MC, playing drums, mixing and mastering. All facilities were available. Now there is nothing and it breaks my heart. Youth clubs take children off the streets and off social media, which can be toxic to mental health. There has to be a place where the younger generation can let go and feel safe.

don’t judge me, but I tried shoplifting in my teens. I had no money and no job, but my sister had just graduated from college and I wanted to buy her favorite perfume. It was just a monster bag, but I got caught and never stole again.

I have only experienced racism when I left Birmingham. I’m from Kingshurst in Solihull, a predominantly white neighborhood. We were one of the few black families, but everyone was nice. It wasn’t until I started flying to other places that I realized that racism is real.

My letter from the queen went to my junk mail. I delivered Quarantine Speech during the lockdown and gave the proceeds to the NHS. I think that’s why the Queen held out her hand, “Hello, you can get a medal from the British Empire if you want.” If I hadn’t checked my junk mail folder, I might never have known.

Once a spider crawled up my nose when I slept. I was traumatized and haven’t touched one since.

I came out as pansexual because for me it’s all about connection. Girl or boy is not what attracts me. Love is not about gender, it is about energy, spirit and atmosphere.

My proudest achievement my mother bought a house. When I was 11, I told her, “Someday I’m going to get you a house, Mom.” She was like, “Yeah, yeah.” But I finally did.

me and mom never said we loved each other. She was very shy; our family never said those three words. When I moved to London I tried it out on the phone. I was like, ‘I love you, mama!’ There was a long pause, then she said, “I love you too, bye!” We have broken the circle.

Love and kindness are the key to happiness. My mother raised me that way. She was my biggest inspiration: grinding three jobs, raising four children, being both parents, always smiling, no matter what. That really humiliated me.

Lady Leshurr recently participated in Strongbow Ultra’s largest debating society of all time to launch the new G . to celebrateoat cider, Strongbow Ultra Dark Fruit

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