Sounds Like: Snappy Twitter snark set to a dramatic beat
For Fans of: Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Skepta's "Shutdown"
Why You Should Pay Attention: Grime has had a handful of near-crossover moments in America and the ever-flourishing genre's next best bet is Lady Leshurr: Her "Queen's Speech" freestyle series has over 33 million YouTube views, she's got an Erykah Badu's cosign ("ILL") and a feature in a Samsung ad. Her cracks at your personal hygiene showcase the more playful side of hip-hop chest-puffing and she has punchlines to spare (check the Kanye West "Slow Jamz" reference, "I got a dark-skinned friend that look like Rachel Dolezal/And I got a light-skinned friend that look like Rachel Dolezal"). "Too many people are too serious," she says. "They want to talk about things that I don't like to channel, whether that is violence or partying in the club with their new car. What I want to do is bring the fun back into music." Her next effort might help: Lady Leshurr's debut album, Queen of the Scene, is out later this year.
She Says: Of all the praise that Lady Leshurr has received as of late, Timbaland's meant the most. "I got to meet him and we spoke for a bit about my music. One thing I'll always remember is when he said that he sees Missy Elliott in me. That, to me, is a massive, massive compliment."
Hear for Yourself: Don't mess with Lady Leshurr. As she establishes in the fourth "Queen's Speech" episode, she's got "one eye on your man/Fetty Wap." Christina Lee