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Speech speaks out
We hear from rising urban star Speech Debelle about her Mercury nomination28 July 2009 - Mercury Prize nominee Speech Debelle says getting the nod has already started opening doors for her.
Her debut album Speech Therapy was released in June and has been hailed by critics so far.
The 26 year-old urban star from South London, who collaborated with Micachu and Roots Manuva on two of the album tracks, told 6 Music this has given her music a bigger platform.
"It makes it seem like the hard work isn’t in vain, like people are noticing," she explained before her performance at Secret Garden Party festival on Sunday (26 July). "It gives me a lot of drive to try and achieve more. I have people’s ears now and I feel like it’s an album I’m proud of."
"I could be the rap act for this year but regardless of the reason why I'm there, I'd be very happy if I won."
With only two months to go until we find out who is this year’s winner, Speech Debelle let us know what it means to her to be nominated.
"It’s good for people like me. I could even be the token act, I could be the rap act for this year but regardless of the reason why I’m there, I’d be very happy if I won," she said.
She admitted she doesn’t really know a lot about the other artists on the Mercury Prize list but is a big fan of London outfit The Invisible, who she revealed she’s been working with.
"I’ve met them before," she said. "We started to build up a real good musical relationship and I’m actually doing a remix of their song, London Girl. This was before the nomination so it’s really cool."
See shortlisted Mercury nominees.
As for a second album, Speech Debelle said she needs to have some more life experiences before she pens new tracks.
"I kind of need to wait until I’ve finished touring this album and take a little holiday and stuff, just live a little bit outside of this.
"It’s obviously my reality but it’s not the only reality out there. Relationships with people, with my parents, I need to be in for me to be able to start to think of other things to talk about," she explained.
The hip-hop artist performs at the Southbank Centre in London on Friday 31 July.