MTV UK and eBay have brought back the iconic 90’s motor makeover series Pimp My Ride hosted by Rapper and TV Star Lady Leshurr …
The new six-part digital series, features 15-minute episodes with car transformations carried out by one-stop-autoshop Wrench Studios and where possible, supplies provided by eBay’s dedicated car parts and accessories division.
Pimp My Ride is a rags-to-riches fairytale where a young automotively-challenged car owner receives a mind-blowing makeover for their woeful whip.
We spoke to Lady Leshurr about the new series and the similarities between her music an TV careers …
Please introduce yourself …
I’m Lady Leshurr, my heritage is Saint Kitts and Nevis and I’m a musician/radio host and presenter.
Please share a word or sentence which best describes your life right now.
Up and down! [laughs]
Tell us how you got involved with the iconic series Pimp My Ride?
MTV reached out and said they were relaunching Pimp My Ride after 14 years, and they needed a young and fresh vibe for a presenter to take on the role…!
The series is taking place against a different backdrop than the original stint in the 90s – how will the series reflect that?
I think it’s similar to the old version but with a revamp – it’s refreshing!
Did any of the makeovers really stand out for you?
Some really stood out! Especially the female rapper we have on the show (which you will see soon!). I can’t say too much, but that was the ultimate Pimp My Ride car, definitely.
If you got a chance to Pimp Your Ride what would you do to it?
I would definitely do it! I’d have a compartment somewhere in the car so that when I pressed it, salmon would come out because I absolutely love salmon. I would also have lights all on the top and around the bottom of the car. Big speakers, big rims, tints – the whole shebang!
TV really loves you at the moment – does it feel a far cry from your musical roots?
It’s not a far cry from my musical roots because I’ve chosen to slow down on music after losing my sister and not being able to heal in music, so I had to find another way to express and have an outlet without having too much thought process of writing lyrics and not being emotional. TV and radio was the best way that I could heal.
Can you ever see yourself going back to making music full-time?
It takes time, but I’m definitely going to be releasing two albums before I retire, so that’ll be as soon as possible. But music is in me, and that’s not something that’s going to go away.
You’re so multi-faceted – you’re an artist, co-owner of a vodka brand, a presenter – is there one thing you haven’t done that you would like to take on?
I would like to open up youth clubs – I think they need to come back and they [kids] need an outlet and escape to come off the streets. They need people like us to mentor and guide them into a better future.
You’re pretty much a household name now – how does that feel?
[laughs] A household name? Thank you! I don’t think I’m a household name – not yet anyway. I know a lot of people know of me, but there’s still a lot to do. I haven’t even released an official album yet but a lot of people know me more for music. But incorporating TV, media, radio etc into music is always going to be a big plus because you’re still reminding people that you’re around, but there’s a lot more to do before I can call myself a household name.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU …
A book you have to have in your collection? I don’t really read books, sorry!
A song / album that defines the soundtrack of your life to date? Burna Boy – Last Last
A film / TV show that you can watch/have watched repeatedly? I don’t really watch TV or films either! But back in the day it was Shrek.
The first stage production you saw and what it meant to you (Play, dance or concert)? The first concert I saw was Snoop Dogg at NEC, and I just remember us all running and I managed to get to the front and he threw out a CD to me.
What’s made you sad, mad and glad this week?
Nothing really has made me sad or mad… other than the thunderstorm! But I’m glad I’m still here and doing what I love, with hopefully many more years to come.
Watch new episodes of Pimp My Ride on MTV UK YouTube every Friday.