North Lon­don rap­per Shay D has unveiled her new album Speak­ing In Tongues, out 6th August.

A star-stud­ded, 14-track LP, Speak­ing In Tongues sees Shay D link up with some of the most respec­ted names in Brit­ish music. On ‘Slice Of The Pie’, a track released as a single back in May, she joins forces with grime legend P. Money, with the pair trad­ing slick verses amidst a men­acing pro­duc­tion. June single ‘Best Shot’ is a col­lab­or­a­tion with fel­low Lon­don rap­pers Lion­ess and Dibo, with the trio drop­ping lucid, hard-hit­ting verses over gun­shot samples and punchy trap snares. Both tracks were sup­por­ted by BBC Radio 1Xtra and Kiss FM.

Else­where the unapo­lo­get­ic ‘Cor Blimey’ and smooth ‘Talkin To Me’ fea­ture grime roy­alty RoxXxan and Capo Lee respect­ively, ‘Dreams’ sees Shay D and Dor­set rap­per Isai­ah Dreads rap about self-improve­ment and becom­ing the best ver­sion of your­self, while the affect­ing ‘The Break Up Song’ is an ode to let­ting go fea­tur­ing Yanti.

Fur­ther high­lights come in the form of July single ‘Cold World’, a punchy ode to the streets and doing what you need to do to get by, and the empower­ing ‘#NoMakeUp­Day’. Clos­ing things out, ‘Send Them Home’ sees Shay D sound off the LP in typ­ic­ally bom­bast­ic fash­ion as she declares: “Per­sian queen Imma take my throne!”.

Speak­ing on the album, Shay says: “It’s taken TIME, stop­ping coz of the myth of 2020, decid­ing what I was even doing, then remem­ber­ing the true pur­pose of why I even do this.. because music was FUN. It was a way out. The reas­on for cre­at­ing music is sup­posed to be “because I want to, because I can’t NOT do it.” SO, I done it, you know..

She con­tin­ues: “This album is all sides of me, there’s songs for every­one to relate to. There’s girl power anthems, hard­body rap, break up songs, pos­it­ive tunes, party tunes, songs for drives, gym, flirty songs, deep ones, songs ‘bout los­ing people, real­ity checks & love.. I even sang on this album. I wanted to enjoy the pro­cess, espe­cially cre­at­ing vibes col­lab­or­at­ing with artists I rate.”

Speak­ing In Tongues fol­lows Shay D’s inde­pend­ently released album Human Writes, which entered the iTunes ‘Top 20 Hip Hop’ chart, secured vari­ous radio and Spo­ti­fy playl­ist­ing and was fea­tured in the Music Week ‘taste­m­akers album of the month’ short­l­ist in 2018. Not afraid to break bound­ar­ies, the Per­sian lyr­i­cist not only empowers women through her songs but also through her youth work and the fact she led the first ever all-female UK hip-hop tour.

She has gathered momentum this year, land­ing a res­id­ency on London’s Reprezent Radio, cre­at­ing works with the capital’s Tate gal­lery, record­ing a BBC Radio 1Xtra driv­e­time mix, col­lab­or­at­ing with brands and more.

One of London’s finest MCs, Speak­ing In Tongues is a land­mark moment for an artist who con­tin­ues her ascent through the ranks.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.