Rap-Up TV: Leah LaBelle Gets Props from Jay-Z, Inspiration from Lauryn Hill

Pharrell discovered her on YouTube. Jermaine Dupri co-signed her. And now Leah LaBelle is gearing up for the release of her i am OTHER/So So Def/Epic Records debut, due later this year. The Seattle songstress sat down with Rap-Up TV in Beverly Hills to chat about her album, love for Lauryn Hill, and her encounter with Jay-Z.

“The album is just a really good, feel-good album,” said the “Sexify” singer, who got her first taste of stardom on “American Idol.” “It makes you happy, it makes you want to dance. It’s gonna remind you of the good times.”

The project was produced entirely by her superstar mentors, who both rap on the J.D.-produced “100%.” “It’s a real talk song, a lady talking about I’m gonna love you and I’m down for you,” explained Leah, who cites Lauryn Hill as her “biggest inspiration.”

“She really set the road for me for who I wanted to be as an artist,” said Leah of the Fugees frontwoman. “Even to this day, I’m still Lauryn Hill all day.”

While she doesn’t get starstruck easily, she was in awe while meeting Jay-Z during his studio session with Pharrell. She witnessed the hip-hop icon record a song and even got his feedback on her music. “He shook my hand and he was like, ‘Congratulations, this is some good stuff.’”



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19 Comments

  1. jeremydante

    jay-z doesn’t ALWAYS get it right when he gives props or co-signs an artist. one word: AMIL

    iiiiiiiii rest my case.

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    Bri Reply:

    @jeremydante, No where in the article does it say Leah Labelle will blow up cuz Jay gave her props so your point makes no sense.
    I saw her at Essence Festival & she KILLED! Her live show surprised & blew me away. AND she is right about her music. It makes you feel good puts you in a good mood. I’m becoming a fan.

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    jeremydante Reply:

    @Bri, oh, im not saying that she isn’t good. i been a fan since she was on american idol. but i think it’s stupid that some people think artists are somehow more validated when other artists put them on.

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    Bri Reply:

    @jeremydante, I agree with you on that. It always comes down to the artist & if the music is good.
    In Leah’s case, I personally think she is the real deal after I saw her show. This girl is an entertainer. She impressed The hell out of me.

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  2. shakeLIFE

    i dont even care what its made of..

    Nicki Minaj’s ass >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  3. Leila

    This chick has as much star quality as a pair of socks.

    She can’t write songs nor hit a note live.

    Bitch go back to the background where you belong.

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    ryann Reply:

    @Leila, damn haters never take a day off.

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    jeremydante Reply:

    @Leila, AHAHAHAHA damn, socks though?! hella funny.

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    Kiarra Reply:

    @Leila, I’m with Ryan! you’re just mad cuz you can’t sing nor perform any other task that requires talent. So just sit back, shut up, and watch Leah shine!

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  4. J. Peezy

    Sounds like this is going to be a VERY solid album.

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  5. WonderLand19

    LOVE this chick! I’m ready for this album to drop!

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  6. JH8

    Funny how much she looks like Jessie J!

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    - Reply:

    @JH8, Leah is way prettier. That’s a insult to her…

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  7. TheDreamer

    I love her music. Looking forward to hearing the album. I know Pharrell will give her some great songs.

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  8. Basze Lineaj

    can’t wait for her album when it come out this Year and puls What her Next single gonna be, Great Interview Leah L

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  9. Torrence R- Dallas Tx

    She is Dope, She is fine, She has personality. I support Leah Labelle keep doin yo Thang baby

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