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Release Date: 5 February 2007
Reviewed By: Melisa Tang
London’s very own Lady Sovereign has achieved what most UK artists strive their whole life for - a contract with the legendary Def Jam label, the chance to work with Jay-Z and Missy Elliot, and a well-received album in the States.
But Lady Sov, aka Louise Harman, has done it all by the age of 21, signing to Def Jam in 2005, without having to conform to the stereotypical image of American rappers. Indeed, the young star has even been classed by some as a ‘chav’ – a label she doesn’t entirely disagree with - after featuring on a Sky One documentary about the lower working class ‘chavs’.
Still spitting with her trademark north London accent, the self-proclaimed “biggest midget in the game” makes her mark on the global industry with her official debut album, ‘Public Warning’, an Eminem-style comedic offering (circa 1999) from the diminutive grime emcee.
The album features all of her
The album also features ‘9 to 5’, the solo version of her popular duet with The Ordinary Boys (‘Nine2Five’), which proved to be her biggest UK chart hit to date, reaching number six in May 2006. However, the original solo track fails to have the same impact as the collaboration, and thus you are left wanting to skip to the next track. Likewise is ‘My England’, which, while good at disproving the English stereotypes, becomes a bore midway through the second verse, partly due to the lack of a quality beat to underpin the mediocre lyrics.
Overall, Lady Sovereign’s debut is a decent effort. While not outstanding, ‘Public Warning!’ is worth a listen, even if just for the hilarious craics alone. The album’s strength lies in a handful of her earlier cuts, and while her new material is mostly average, there are a few gems hidden amongst the rough.
Sov arrives on the global scene with an album that hasn’t seen the Londoner compromise her unique Britishness, and for that, I applaud her. Signing to such a major label could make or break an artist with an underground following like Sov’s, but she has succeeded in making her face and her unusual sound known for more than just her ‘chav’ look – a feat she should soon achieve in her native UK too.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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