Corynne Elliot (born 1983 in London, England), better known as Speech Debelle is a British rapper signed to the Big Dada record label. She was the winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize for her debut album Speech Therapy. She released her second album, Freedom of Speech, in 2012.
The album prompted Trebuchet Magazine to describe Debelle as ‘a fiery, if naïve, seeker of justice and truth’, and said “she has a cracked lusciousness to her voice that strongly recalls Martina Topley-Bird’s most meltingly sexy moments on Tricky’s Maxinquaye.”
MTV gave the album 5/5 stars, and said, “What makes this a truly great hip hop album is that her words, piling up on one another, take on the quality of incantations — and that those incantations take on a life of their own.” According to AllMusic in a review, “Speech Debelle is now the most interesting and possibly the most exciting British MC on the scene.”
Debelle’s single from Speech Therapy, “Spinnin” has been re-worked by Tinchy Stryder and Dionne Bromfield and was used as one of the official anthems of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
She has also been politically and socially active with a number of charities and movements, and hosted the BBC documentary Hidden Homeless in 2012.