Lady Sovereign - album review (3 stars)

Lady Sovereign

Public Warning (Island)


When people first began getting their pantaloons in a twist about London’s Grime scene, much of the media rumpus was concentrated around mini MC Lady Sovereign. After a year of set backs and a chance meeting with Jay Z (he signed her to his Def Jam imprint in the US), her debut has finally surfaced on these shores. But the intervening months have done the ‘biggest midget in the game’ few favours. Old singles like ‘Random’ have lost their charm in complete production overhauls and higher budgets only serve to obscure her often witty word play. While bringing her billboard success stateside, Public Warning does little to dent Sovereign’s reputation as a novelty act.

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