Speech Debelle

Born 1983.
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Speech Debelle - Interview with Nemone

Mercury Prize-winner Speech Debelle chats with Nemone.

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Corynne Elliot (born 1983, London, England), better known as Speech Debelle, is a British rapper signed to the Big Dada record label. She was the winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize for her debut album Speech Therapy. She released her second album, Freedom of Speech, in 2012.

Debelle's single from Speech Therapy, "Spinnin" has been re-worked by Tinchy Stryder and Dionne Bromfield and was used as one of the official anthems of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

She has also been politically and socially active with a number of charities and movements, and hosted the BBC documentary Hidden Homeless in 2012.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Freedom of Speech

    Freedom of Speech 2012

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    One of Britain’s most intriguing hopes still has some serious thinking to do.
  2. Review of Speech Therapy

    Speech Therapy 2009

    Reviewed by Elle J Small
    An ‘anti-hip hop’ hip hop album of cult-like pedigree.
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