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From Homeless To Rap Star: Rapper Speech Debelle’s Rags-To-Riches Rise

September 9, 2009

There is some true talent out there.  Some of it is undiscovered in the streets.  People that lack money, but don’t lack talent.

This is true of UK rapper, Speech Debelle.  Well, it was true.

Find out how far she’s come.  From “down on her luck” skid row to a major record label and recording contract.

Rapper Speech Debelle completed a rags-to-riches rise last night as she was crowned winner of the prestigious Mercury.

The formerly homeless singer from South London picked up a £20,000 cheque from host Jools Holland for the debut album, Speech Therapy.

Many of the songs deal with her difficult upbringing, including her homelessness, a dying friend, her father – who left when she was seven, brushes with crime and dead-end jobs.

Speech, 26, real name Corynne Elliot, took her mother, Marilyn Dennis, to last night’s ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel.

She now lives with her mother in Mitcham, but Speech had left home at 19 after family rows over her drug-taking and spent the next few years sleeping in hostels and on friends’ sofas.

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Good job, Speech!  You’ve come so far and we can’t wait to see you across the pond sparking up the charts.

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