Lady Leshurr is not engaging with the music industry’s misconception that female rappers should be in fierce competition over men, money and record sales. Ever since turning down a six figure deal that required her to record a diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj, the Birmingham MC has stuck to a key principal – that there’s space for more than one earth-shattering, record breaking female MC in the game. “It’s so draining, I did not come into the scene to battle or to put another female down. I’ve got my own talent, I’ll show you what I can do as a female or male. I don’t like to say I’m a female rapper, I’m an artist,” she explains in an exclusive interview for Hunger issue 12 out this Thursday.
After making a name for herself with some of the fiercest punchlines in UK rap and carving out a stellar career against the odds, the Queen of the scene also talks about an lesser known part of her life. After opening up to her fans with a Instagram video late last year and following up with the deeply personal track “#UNLESHED2″in early 2017, Leshurr talks us through her experience of anxiety and how she plans to support her fans who also encounter mental distress, “Still so few people have touched on it in the music industry, especially in the genre of music I do,” she explains, “I’ve always kept that inside, I’ve told people close to me, but I’ve never really expressed it online or done what I think an artist should be doing – showing the supporters that they are not going through this alone.”
To read the full interview with Lady Leshurr and see the full photoshoot with Charlotte Rutherford pick up your copy of Hunger 12 #StandForSomething from this Thursday. Pre-order the issue here.