Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle: ‘I’ve written a song about Jade Goody’

Rapper gives insight into her next album

Speech Debelle, who won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize on Tuesday (September 8) for her ‘Speech Therapy’ album, has told NME.COM that she has written a song about the late reality TV star Jade Goody.

The London rapper explained that the song, entitled ‘Her Name Is Jade’, was set to appear on her next album.

“The only song I’ve written so far for the next album is called ‘Her Name Is Jade’ – it’s about Jade Goody,” she explained. “There’s so many things about her life that are lessons. Lessons in poverty. She was obviously uneducated.

“I watched her in ‘Big Brother’ and a lot of the issues and problems she had were just because she was uneducated and she couldn’t get her point across, and didn’t know how to take other people’s opinions.

“At the same time her life is a lesson in how to get the best out of a situation. She had common sense which is equally as important as having a good grasp of the English language. She was a street girl, she was from Bermondsey. When I start the record label [Debelle plans to launch her own label], I know who I’m hiring and they come from the same place as Jade Goody.”

For the full interview with Speech Debelle get next week’s issue of NME, out on Wednesday (September 16).

Watch video footage of her post-Barclaycard Mercury Prize win press conference by clicking below.