Lady Leshurr's slow burn to brilliance has kept her within painful proximity of breaking through for far too long. Releasing her bulletproof Queens Speech EP at the end of last year, the 27-year-old MC's long-deserved global popularity has finally popped off, allowing her to come through and claim her throne at the upper-echelon of rap royalty. Selling out shows from Brixton to The Gramercy Theater in NYC, Leshurr—née Melesha O'Garro—is the definitive 0121 empress who is proud to wholeheartedly represent her Birmingham endz. And she grafts 24/7, progressing her inimitable fast flow and impactful delivery to emulate her ultimate idol, Missy Elliott. Having disappeared from the scene for twelve months, to regroup and consider how to harness the level of attention her talents warrant, Lesh surrounded herself with the people she loves and respects; refocusing her values, grounding herself away from all of the hype. A deep believer in God, she patiently awaited her time and maintained faith that her genius on the mic would soon be acknowledged. And it's safe to say, that time is now.

Counting nine mixtapes and four EPs to date, her outstanding Lil Bit Of Lesh tape dropped in 2014 and was a click-and-download must. Now working on her official debut LP, high-profile collabs have been hinted at but Leshurr keeps the suspense pending, TBC'ing all the rumours. Trailed by kids up in Sainsbury's chanting brush your teeth, introducing grime to transatlantic audiences, she's spearheading a British rap resurgence flanked by heavyweights such as Stormzy, Skepta, Kano and Dizzee. Lesh is important for now—refusing to swear or contemplate drugs and violence on wax—and her intentions for the music is to present her elite lyrical prowess with a watertight finish, battle rap style, mixing comedy with current social phenomena to create a brand that invites followers to unite. Content releasing material outside of the control of major label dictatorship, Leshurr is non-conformist and a feminist in the face of rap's more sexually exploitative themes and content.

Major names like Timbaland, Erykah Badu and Chris Brown are all aboard the LL train, showing support and backing the emcee as a prolific talent who possesses the kind of power to change the face of new music for the better. She may be uncomfortable with name-dropping, however hers is currently the name carrying the greatest sovereignty. Complex caught up with the small, strong, and empowered young artist who understands the importance of remembering her roots.