Rapper reveals poverty battle
SINGER LADY LESHURR REVEALS BATTLE WITH ‘ POVERTY’ AS SHE TRIED TO GET HER BIG BREAK INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
MOBO Award- winning chart star Lady Leshurr says she used to hide in the loo to avoid paying her train fare – because she was broke.
The 28- year- old rapper from Kingshurst, Solihull, is a fast- rising star, and has appeared on numerous hits.
But she says her early days in the business were a “nightmare” struggle on the breadline.
They were marked, she says, by “no income” and “poverty food” – and signing on the dole.
Leshurr left her home to pursue her dreams in London and was unable to return until she had proven herself a success.
That was because her father disapproved of her choice of a singing career, she adds. She struggled to pay for food and transport, using what benefits she had to pay for studio sessions.
But Leshurr says she would not trade the difficulties for the opportunity to buy success.
“It comes from a different place when you haven’t got money,” she explains. “The passion, the hunger, is much more intense than the people who can just buy their way through.
“If I had the choice to do it again, and be rich and do it, I’d prefer to do it the way I’ve done it. Because it means so much more to me. It was a nightmare.”
Leshurr appreciates how far she has come since the days before her breakthrough.
“It was very hard for me at the time, I didn’t have any money,” she says. “I was bumping the train. I was hiding in the toilets then getting off.
“There was no income. I was doing shows for less than £ 50, just to get my name out there. It was hard for me.
“I was signing on at the time, that’s the only real money I had. That’s the only income I had for my studio sessions.
“My mum wouldn’t give me money. That’s the household I was in: you didn’t ask, you had to earn it.
“Corned beef and rice was one of the main meals. That’s poverty food. It was hard. Very, very hard.
“I know a lot of people, they worked in Tesco or Sainsbury’s and the next thing you know they’re this big star. Your life can just change.”
Rapper Lady Leshurr