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Speech Debelle Returns with Powerhouse Single “11:11”

Speech Debelle

British hip-hop virtuoso Speech Debelle is stirring the music scene again with her electrifying new single “11:11,” lifted from her latest album, “Sunday Dinner On a Monday.” This release marks a bold comeback for the Mercury Prize-winning artist, whose journey began with the critically lauded “Speech Therapy” debut in 2009.

Speech Debelle has consistently captivated audiences with her distinctive fusion of sensitivity, introspection, and poetic prowess. Her ability to intertwine playful narratives with profound discussions on societal themes was further showcased in her 2012 sophomore album, “Freedom Of Speech,” produced by Kwes. Her approach has always been fearless, diving deep into various topics, from power dynamics to personal pleasures.

After a hiatus from music, Speech explored other passions, notably impressing as a semi-finalist on Celebrity MasterChef. Her culinary flair led to the creation of the podcast “The Work Brunch,” where she cooked and conversed with notable guests like Lianne La Havas and Shabaka Hutchings. Her third album, “Tantil Before I Breathe,” uniquely paired each song with an inspired recipe, blending her love for music and food into an innovative expression.

Recently featured in BBC’s “First Ladies of Hip-Hop” documentary, Speech Debelle has been recognized for her significant contributions to the genre and the broader narrative of British female hip-hop artists.

Her latest offering, “11:11,” produced by Skripture and Dem Drums, is a track brimming with the essence of classic hip-hop – elegance, grace, and undiluted bravado. Accompanied by a compelling music video directed by Aiden Harmitt-Williams, the single is a testament to Speech Debelle’s unwavering creative spirit and mastery of crafting impactful music. The track is a vibrant reminder of Speech Debelle’s enduring talent and commitment to evolving artistically while remaining authentic to her unique sound.



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