The Reign of Lady London: Our Favorite It Girl

April 17, 2019

Lady London. If you are up to date with this beautiful, new generation of women in Hip Hop, then you understand the weight that her name carries and the storm that she has brewing. She is a breath of fresh air and can stand in the ring amongst the best with her whit and quick tongue. With her birth name being Zaire which means River, her freestyles and double entendres embody just that…a natural flow like that of a river.  She’s received acknowledgements from greats like Joe Budden, Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, Kehlani, Meek Mill, Fabolous and more but her talent is undeniable by us all. And besides her rap, we love that her spirit is genuine. She keeps God and her family first and never allows the hype to overcrowd that. (Even with her growing notoriety, 117k followers and millions of views on her videos) She is sweet yet nothing less than real. You have to respect it.

Let me refresh you right quick.

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Kinda emotional fr. Today makes a year for when i started “rapping” . I posted this with no intention on any of this happening. Now, at 7.8 million views, im appalled. Received alot of love/backlash for this but im proud of where it’s taken me. THE MOST UTILIZED CAPTION VIDEO TO DATE🥺😩😩 #LadyLONDON

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These words had Floyd Mayweather quoting in his “own words”….

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She asked me if she can get one or two pairs of shoes. I laughed and said “You can get however many you want, this isn’t your ex”. Photo Credit: @youngbabyface #TMT #TBE #Mayweather #FloydMayweather #MayweatherPromotions @mayweatherpromotions @girlcollection @themoneygirls @bigboymansion @melissiarene @jamielynn @jirahmayweather @kingkoraun @zion_mayweather @moneyyaya

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It’s amazing and inspiring to see this young butterfly soar to the highest heights. I remember seeing her around Howard, sometimes in the STRIVE for college mentoring program with her friends that we were apart of or blowing everybody away with her poetry at showcases. I’m sure that everyone knew that she was going to be a star. It was all in her aura and God’s timing. And just when you thought she was done after she graduated from Howard, she went on to get her Master’s from Keck School of Medicine of USC. A scholar,  lyrical genius, woke, creative and a real ass bad bitch? Does it get any better? Yes, yes she does.

She is also an author! Her books are Urban Novels, one entitled “Truth” and the other “Sin.” Truth is available on Amazon. I implore you to support her.

Her words make you feel sexy, empowered and like a Lady in the truest sense. She makes you want to command the respect that you’re due as a woman and never accept anything less while also spreading love. Her smooth tone filled with shots of sex appeal makes any man fall to his knees.

Sidenote: That’s why women are my favorite rappers because they remind us of the magnitude of power that we possess. Black women are the true goddesses that walk the earth.  

 

Let’s get into who Lady London truly is…

Who is Lady London? Tell us more about you. How did your family, where you’re from (city and hood), aka your village shape you into the Lady you are today?

I’m an artist: a connoisseur of rhythmical composition, in its purest form. I spent a lot of my childhood in New York City. Specifically the Bronx, (and Harlem I would also frequent often). And I’ve lived majority of my life in East Orange, New Jersey. I represent both states as my hometown because of their influences on me as an entity.  It is to those areas that I credit many of my accomplishments and successes because the culture when I was growing up in the 90s and early 2000s was the center of Hip hop origin. I developed a love for it very young. I grew up with my mom and grandparents, in a working middle class family.

(Real question: Lady, did you go back in time or is that your mom? We need answers, sis.)

Your way with words is honestly a God given talent. Were you one of the kids who could speak at like 6 months (lol) Did your mom know that words were a gift of yours when you were little? For example, were you in poetry showcases, started reading earlier than other kids…etc? Tell us more.

I spoke with my mom for this one lol. She said that I DID begin speaking at 6 months, and reading fluently just before I turned 3 years old. (Courtesy of Hooked On Phonics lol). I’ve always been ahead of the learning curve, being proficient in science and language arts. I wrote my first “rap” at 5 years old. I grew up in a Jamaican household. My grandmother had immigrated to the US when she was 10 years old, so the British schooling she had acquired, made proper grammar expected of us growing up. I remember having several versions of the dictionary and volumes of Encyclopedias in her house as a child. I used to read them on the weekends. In 3rd grade, my standardized test scores were in the 97th percentile. My mom feared that pushing me forward in grade level, would stunt my social skills. But said she’d known by the way I’d put together words, THEN, how gifted I was.

I remember hearing your poetry and being blown away back at Howard, was rapping also something you always wanted or knew that you would eventually do? Did your Howard experience bring your inner performer out or did you always want to perform?

Poetry has always been a part of my life from a very young age but I never thought I’d rap. Because I didn’t think I could, for so long lol. Poetry and rap are a lot different, contrary to popular belief. But performing came innate. I’d never had stage fright.

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Act tf up then #happy13th #ActUpChallenge @qcmceo_p

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Who is someone you’ve always looked up to and why? And what is a character trait that you pride yourself on?

I don’t have anyone I’ve necessarily looked up to but I have been slightly influenced by many people. The women in my family: their tenacity, strength and determination. My favorite character trait is my self awareness and willpower. Every single thing I do is overshadowed by the THOUGHT behind it. I pride myself on walking to the beat of my own drum, even in the mist of obstacles and adversity.

What is your Favorite past time or your favorite color? You choose to answer which one.

My favorite color is fluorescent beige: neutral/nude/tan.

Do you feel like there is a lack of innate lyrical talent in today’s Hip Hop because it’s a trend? Or do you think that in general there is place for everyone? Why or why not?

Ooou. Great question. Truthfully, I believe a little of both. On the one hand, many people lack talent in the industry, and it’s upsetting. But it also sells. So from a fiscal standpoint, I can understand the trajectory. But it’s disheartening because so many talented artists are overlooked or underpaid because they’ve made what was mean to be an ART form, a hobby for sport. I believe that music should invoke a feeling, give a message, and transcend a generation. And I also believe we have the power to control the narrative. I plan to pioneer the shift, or die trying.

You grew your 117k following from your  videos, all organically. Give some words of wisdom to the people who buy their followers or are tempted to do so, out there.

Lol. It’s been quite a journey. I remember having 9,500 followers in March of 2018. I’m extremely proud of where i’ve come. The follower count, itself, matters none. It’s the amount of support i get, and WHO I get it from that powers my dreams. That’s what’s wrong with purchasing it. Aesthetically, it may be appealing. But you’ll never know how people really feel. (plus most of the time your analytics don’t even add up. Lol i.e. 50,000+ followers, with 200 likes). It’s not worth it. I’d always rather OWN a Toyota, than have an overdue balance on a Range Rover. Assets vs. Liabilities is a long term game that people don’t play anymore.

One of your favorite songs/albums of all time.

Hmmmm. Any of Monica’s albums, in full. Crush on You ft. Lil Kim (I used to sing with conviction when it first came out). In conclusion, I cant choose lol so many

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If you could collab with 2 artists on a song, alive or dead who would it be?

Seperate tracks but undoubtedly Jay-Z and Whitney Houston.

Why do you think it’s important to be your authentic self?

Because everyone else is already accounted for; all you can be is you… the very best version.

If you had to rap for your life, what song would it be?

Aint No Nigga – Jay-Z ft Foxy Brown

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Lastly, what are some words of encouragement for women forging their own path in life? Not just in music but in general?

Fight your fight. Believe in something higher than you to guide your missteps. Understand that NO set back comes without a pre aligned COME back. Never ever be a weak bitch, for anyone. Timid women will always finish dead last. Whatever it may be that you’re passionate about, believe in it wholeheartedly and sincerely. Intuition is never wrong. As long as there is no disrespect, treat EVERYONE you meet as if they have the key to your destiny. No matter if they’re a janitor or a CEO. Leave footprints on the hearts of everyone you come in contact with. And, most importantly, if nothing else, BET ON YOU. People believe in you, when YOU believe in yourself.

Words of wisdom, from our fair, Lady 😉

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Author: Nave Sizon

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