Lady Leshurr is a 27-year-old MC, actor and dental hygiene advocate from the West Midlands.
While she’s been putting out a steady stream of mixtapes and dealing with all kinds of industry bullshit since 2009, this year she’s had something of a breakthrough. Leshurr’s back-to-basics Queen’s Speech freestyle series saw her flaunt her charisma and roll out the kind of punchlines that Eminem or Lil Wayne might come up with if they were still good. Alexander Wang is a fan, and according to the number of Youtube plays (at the time of writing, Queen’s Speech 4 has 11 million) there’s a good chance that you are too.
What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?
Who’s your favourite member of the Wu-Tang Clan?
And who’s your favourite person to follow on Instagram?
I don’t follow anyone.
But you’ve got Instagram right?
Yeah I have Instagram, I’m just not an Instagram freak.
Have you got a number one fan?
No, I’ve got crazy fans, but not a number one.
If you’re getting ready for a night out, what’s on your playlist?
A little bit of Lil’ Wayne, Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller.
Do you have a signature recipe?
Uhh no, I don’t really cook.
What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
Oh gosh. I think it was when I went to Pontin’s with my mum years ago. There was a slug in the sink.
Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?
"I read my negative Youtube comments. They inspire me to write lyrics"
Rate these actors in order of how much you like them: Danny DeVito, Danny Dyer and Daniel Day-Lewis…
I don’t even know who they are!
You’ll know Danny Dyer…
Is he the one who used to be in Eastenders?
Yeah, and a lot British films, The Football Factory…
Oh him, yeah I love him. And I’m just researching Danny DeVito. Awwww he’s cute!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ve never had a bad job! It’s always been things I’ve liked.
Do you have any tattoos that you regret?
Nah, I don’t have any tattoos.
Have you ever had a nickname?
Munchkin or Lee-Lee.
When was the last time you ran as fast as you can?
I can’t even remember the last time I ran. I run on stage, does that count? I did some jogging on tour too actually.
Is it hard to keep fit on tour?
Yeah, to be honest I’m the unhealthiest person you’ll ever meet. I don’t really eat anything healthy; I eat junk food, I rarely work out anywhere.
What would you choose to have written on your tombstone?
Probably like ‘Big Kiss’ or something like that. Or ‘I’m still lush!’ [laughs]… Yeah I’d have something corny, because I always laugh at stuff like that.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do after this interview?
I’m going to fill my passport out.
And finally, do you read your own Youtube comments?
Yeah, they inspire me to write my lyrics. If I read a negative one, I think of a comeback. I read them just for that, I don’t read them to get sensitive.
Lady Leshurr appears at AMP Lost & Found festival, Malta, 31 March – 3 April 2016