British rapper Speech Debelle released her debut album, Speech Therapy, earlier this year to rave reviews. She was kind enough to do a little Q&A with us in support of her latest single, Better Days, which Spotify Premium users can listen to starting today. Also, check out Speech’s official website for news and info about upcoming gigs.
Update: Just wanted to congratulate Speech on her Mercury Prize nomination, well done!
Where are you?
South London, UK
Describe a typical day?
Wake up and check emails, head out to an interview followed by time in the studio then maybe go to a friend’s.
How’s the European tour going?
The tour is in October and at the moment I’m on the festival circuit, playing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Secret Garden Party.
Best/worst ever gig?
The best gig was Pussy Parlour at Glastonbury a few weeks ago, mad fun! I guess the worst was Dirty Boots at Glastonbury, only because it was the seventh gig in three days and I had lost my voice, not nice!
Describe your musical style in three words.
Neo melodic rap.
Who are your biggest influences?
Michael Jackson, Sizzla, Prince, Madonna.
What makes you happy?
Food, good company, classic songs not the new shit!
What makes you sad?
Choice FM, the top 10 UK singles and albums charts. Michael Jackson’s death.
What was the last lie you told?
I don’t tell lies!
Your last single – Go Then, Bye. Sounds like a tough situation. Did things resolve themselves?
Time resolves things, we still talk every once in a while but it’s not always appropriate anymore.
Favourite place to hang out?
The studio, and it seems the mechanics for the last week cause they can’t seem to fix my car stereo that they fitted!
Favourite city and why?
Right now I’d say London because it’s where the pound is. Saying that though I’ve been to St. Lucia and although pounds are what they don’t have and what they want, they still seem so much happier than us London folk!
Name us your three desert island discs? The albums you couldn’t live without.
Sizzla ‘Da Real Thing‘; Me’Shell Ndegéocello ‘Bitter'; 2Pac ‘Greatest Hits’
Fancy putting a playlist together for us?
Speech Debelle’s Tribute To Michael Jackson
My favorite song of all time, this is what my song ‘Daddies Little Girl’ is based on. The tempo and drum pattern at the beggining is identical.
Will You Be There
It’s such an emotive song, the words, the passion in which he sings it, the choir, the progression and the constant snare! I also love the line, “I’m only human.”
In the Closet
From one of my fave Michael albums, the very underrated ‘Dangerous’. I love how he’s dancing, it’s hot!
Who Is It
Again off the ‘Dangerous’ album, Teddy Riley did his thing, the beat is on fire!
Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
If this don’t wanna make you dance, something’s wrong with your body! He was also so good looking in this video and he looked so happy.
Remember the Time
One of the best videos of all time. Teddy riley again on production, they were an amazing team.
This is Michael showing us that he can do any type of music and better than most. Michael doing rock.
This Place Hotel (a/k/a Heartbreak Hotel)
The strings and trumpet section make it a triumphant break up song.