Clash reviewed Speech's last London show at Dalston Land of Kings like this….
"Thankfully we arrive early because the space is soon maxed out. A crafty clamber onto a window ledge and we can actually see Ms Debelle who, frankly, kills it. She blends a dizzying range of styles into the live set, from a funk-inspired, bass-led ‘Live for the Message’ to the almost Rage Against the Machine guitar riffs on ‘Elephant in the Living Room’, which she dedicates to Tupac. Telling a devoted crowd, “There ain’t no amateurs on this stage right now, these are real fucking musicians,” she delivers a blinding performance and cements her position as the Queen of UK rap."
Tue 11 Dec 2012 Brighton : Sticky Mike's Frog Bar Tickets
Wed 12 Dec 2012 France : Paris-Fontenay Sous Bois : Festival des Adventuriers Tickets
Speech Debelle was 19, she became homeless for 3 years.
In this moving documentary, she shows that being homeless isn't just about down and outs sleeping in cardboard boxes, but is a problem which affects more and more young people in Britain today. Speech gets to know four young people from very different backgrounds - all of them sofa surfing or sleeping rough - as they try to find a more permanent roof over their heads. She discovers that councils and charities are struggling to cope with this growing crisis and she investigates the impact on young people's lives.